From Thomas Henry Huxley 13 January 1862
Jan 13th. 1862
My dear Darwin
In the first place a new years greeting to you & yours— In the next I inclose this slip—(please return it when you have read it) to shew you what I have been doing in the North—1
Everybody prophesied I should be stoned & cast out of the city gate—but on the contrary I met with unmitigated applauses!!
Three cheers for the progress of liberal opinion!!
The Report is as good as any but they have not put quite rightly what I said about your views—respectg which I took my old line about the infertility difficulty—2
Furthermore they have not reported my statement that whether you were right or wrong—some form of the progressive development theory is certainly true— Nor have they reported here my distinct statement that I believe Man & the apes to have come from one stock.—
Having got this far I find the Lecture better reported in the “Courant” so I send you that instead3
I mean to publish the lectures in full by & bye (about the time the Orchids comes out)4
I suppose somebody her〈e〉 told you that Owen has gone in for progressive development in the second Edition of the ‘Paleontology’ which can only be described as a rather more scoundrelly book than the first—5
The way I am ignored & you are pooh-poohed is glorious6
Ever | Yours faithfully | T H Huxley
I deserved the greatest credit for 〈not〉 having made an onslaught on 〈Brewster〉 for his foolish impertinence 〈of y〉our views in ‘Good words’—7but 〈declined〉 to stir Nationality—which you 〈know (in him)〉 is rather more than his Bible8
Against all predictions his Edinburgh lecture was well received [Evidence as to man’s place in nature (1863)].
Took his old line about problem of infertility of hybrids as a test of CD’s views.
Report [from a newspaper] not quite right about what he said, but they have not refuted his statement that some form of progressive development theory is certainly true, nor that man and the apes come from same stock. Owen has gone in for progressive development in second edition of the Palaeontology .
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3383,” accessed on 23 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3383