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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   23 January [1863 or 1864]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan. 23d

My dear Huxley

I have signed the enclosed with much pleasure.2

I cordially thank you for your kind, most kind, expressions about the medal.3 Sympathy & not fame is the true & good reward of labour.—

Yours most truly | Ch. Darwin


The date range is conjectured by CD’s mention of the Copley Medal (see n. 3, below).
The enclosure has not been found.
The letter from Huxley has not been found. CD was nominated for the Royal Society of London’s Copley Medal in 1862 and 1863 but his candidature was not successful (Royal Society, Council minutes, vol. 3 (1870), pp. 124, 160). CD was nominated again in 1864 and awarded the medal in November of that year (see Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Edward Sabine, 3 November 1864).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


THH’s efforts to obtain Copley Medal for CD fail. Thanks THH for kind words of sympathy.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 254)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2662,” accessed on 21 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11