To T. H. Huxley 1 November 1
15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne
My dear Huxley
Your note has been wonderfully interesting. Your term “pithecoid man” is a whole paper & theory in itself.2 How I hope the skull of the new Macrauchenia has come:3 it is grand.—
I return Hooker’s letter, with very many thanks. The glacial action on Lebanon is particularly interesting considering its position between Europe & Himalaya:4 I get more & more convinced that my doctrine of mundane glacial period is correct, & that it is the most important of all late phenomena with respect to distribution of plants & animals.—5
I hope your Review progresses favourably.6
I am exhausted & not well so write briefly; for we have had 9 days of as much misery as man can endure.7 My poor daughter has suffered pitiably, & night & day required three persons to support her. The crisis of extreme danger is over & she is rallying surprisingly, but the Doctors are yet doubtful of ultimate issue. But the suffering was so pitiable I almost got to wish to see her die. She is easy now. When she will be fit to travel home we know not.—
I most sincerely hope that Mrs. Huxley keeps up pretty well.8 The work which most men have to do is a blessing to them in such cases as yours.—
God Bless you | C. Darwin
Sir H. Holland came here to see her & was wonderfully kind.—9
THH’s term "Pithecoid Man" is a theory in itself.
CD is convinced that his doctrine of a mundane period of glaciation is correct.
Henrietta’s serious illness.
- 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: 141)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2972,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2972