To T. H. Huxley 8 August 
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Huxley
Your note contained magnificient news & thank you heartily for sending it me.—1 Von Baer weighs down with a vengeance all the virulence of Owen & weak arguments of Agassiz. If you write to Von Baer for Heaven sake tell him that we should think one nod of approbation on our side of the greatest value; & if he does write anything beg him to send us a copy;2 for I would try & get it translated & published in the Athenæum & in Silliman to touch up Agassiz.— By Jove how it would rile Owen! I am getting very spiteful towards that grand Seigneur. The other day he sent me a copy of one of his Reports!!!3
Have you seen Agassiz’s weak metaphysical & theological attack on the Origin in last Silliman;4 I would send it you, but apprehend it would be less trouble for you to look at it in London than return it to me.— R. Wagner has sent me a German Pamphlet, giving an Abstract of Agassiz Essay on Classification “Mit Rucksicht auf Darwin’s Ansichten &c &c”.—5 He wont go vy “dangerous lengths” but thinks the truth lies half way between Agassiz & the Origin.—6 As he goes thus far he will nolens & volens have to go further. He says he is going to review me in yearly Report.7
My good & kind agent for the propagation of the Gospel ie the Devil’s gospel.— Ever yours | C. Darwin
- 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: 133)
- Physical description
News of K. E. von Baer’s support is magnificent – far outweighs Owen and Agassiz. Asks THH to tell Baer that a statement from him would be of utmost value.
R. Wagner [in an article on Louis Agassiz’s principles of classification, Göttingsche gelehrte Anzeiger (1860) pt 2: 761–800] "goes half way" between Agassiz and Origin.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2893,” accessed on 29 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2893