To T. H. Huxley 2 June 1
My dear Huxley
I meant to have added one other word. You speak of finding a flaw in my hypothesis,2 & this shows you do not understand its nature. It is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaws & holes as sound parts.— My question is whether the rag is worth anything? I think by careful treatment I can carry in it my fruit to market for a short distance over a gentle road; but I fear that you will give the poor rag such a devil of a shake that it will fall all to atoms; & a poor rag is better than nothing to carry one’s fruit to market in— So do not be too ferocious.—3
Ever yours | Most truly | C. Darwin
THH should understand that CD’s hypothesis [natural selection] has as many flaws and holes as sound parts. The question is whether CD’s rag of a hypothesis is worth anything. A poor rag is better than nothing to carry one’s fruit to market.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 65)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2466,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2466