To T. H. Huxley 10 June 1855
June 10th, 1855.
Shall you attend the Council of the Royal Society on Thursday next? I have not been very well of late, and I doubt whether I can attend; and if I could do anything (pray conceal the scandalous fact), I want to go to the Crystal Palace to meet the Horners, Lyells, and a party.1 So I want to know whether you will speak for me most strongly for Barrande.2 You know better than I do his admirable labours on the development of trilobites, and his most important work on his Lower or Primordial Zone. I enclose an old note of Lyell’s to show what he thinks.3 With respect to Dana,4 whom I also proposed, you know well his merits. I can speak most highly of his classificatory work on crustacea and his Geographical Distribution.5 His Volcanic Geology is admirable, and he has done much good work on coral reefs.6
If you attend, do not answer this; but if you cannot be at the Council, please inform me, and I suppose I must, if I can, attend.7
Thank you for your abstract of your lecture at the Royal Institution,8 which interested me much, and rather grieved me, for I had hoped things had been in a slight degree otherwise. I heard some time ago that before long I might congratulate you on becoming a married man.9 From my own experience of some fifteen years, I am very sure that there is nothing in this wide world which more deserves congratulation, and most sincerely and heartily do I congratulate you, and wish you many years of as much happiness as this world can afford.
Asks whether THH will attend Council of Royal Society and speak for him on Joachim Barrande and J. D. Dana.