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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   22 October [1861]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Oct. 22d

My dear & good Agent.

If Mr Campbell will really work, he would be a treasure beyond price.2 But I have no faith in anyone having patience enough to experiment on another’s man’s suggestion. I have written to him to enquire.— When you see H. Spencer, pray thank him.—3

I have got my drawings done & can now breathe freely.4 By the way you audacious agent to doubt about Catasetum: I will turn you off without a character, for do not think I am such a fool as to be grateful for a thousand good acts

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is provided by CD’s reference to having completed the illustrations for Orchids (see n. 4, below).
Mr Campbell has not been identified.
Herbert Spencer and Huxley were close friends.
George Brettingham Sowerby Jr had been at Down House preparing the illustrations for Orchids (see letters to W. E. Darwin, 12 October [1861], and to John Murray, [21 October 1861]).


Mr Campbell (recommended by H. Spencer) would be a treasure but doubts any man has patience to experiment at another’s suggestion.

Jocular comments about THH’s audacity in doubting Catasetum.

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: 177)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3293,” accessed on 17 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9