To T. H. Huxley 4 May 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Huxley
I have been thinking over the Ray Soc. business,2 & it seems to me so improper that my advances of £117, during the last 2–3 years to pay Mr. Sowerby should never have been mentioned to the Council, that I hope that you will bring forward the case, & you can say very truly that I asked you when I was going to be paid & was surprised to find that you knew nothing about it.—3
Moreover it strikes me that it rather deeply concerns you personally, for if you were to get Royal Soc. money & the Ray Soc became bankrupt it wd. be an awkward affair for you.—4 There may be other debts besides mine.—
As I feel under great obligations to the Ray Soc, which I beg you to express on my part, I would not for the world do anything troublesome or unfair towards the Society.—
I enjoyed your visit here extremely, & I much hope that Mrs. Huxley did not suffer.
Yours most truly | Ch. Darwin
P.S. I have this minute received your note in regard to the Chinese Pots; & very much obliged I am to you for so kindly remembering the subject: I am very sorry to hear about Mrs. Huxley.5
It seems improper that his advances to G. B. Sowerby Jr for payment of engravings should not have been mentioned to Council of Ray Society. His appreciation of the Society.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Thomas Henry Huxley
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- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 35)
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