From T. H. Huxley 9 October 1862
26 Abbey Place
Oct. 9th. 1862
My dear Darwin
It is a source of much pleasure to me to learn that anything I can say or do is a pleasure to you and I was therefore very glad to get your letter at that whirligig of an Association meeting the other day—1 We all missed you but I think it was as well you did not come—for though I am pretty tough, as you know, I found the pace rather killing— Nothing could exceed the hospitality & kindness of the University people—and that, together with a great deal of speaking, on the top of a very bad cold which I continued to catch, just before going down—has somewhat used me up
Owen2 came down with the obvious intention of attacking me on all points— Each of his papers was an attack & he went so far as to offer stupid & unnecessary opposition to proposals of mine in my own Committee—3 However—he got himself sold at all points— Not a soul seconded him in the Committee & how the mendacious audacity of the man was shewn up at the discussion—is printed in the ‘Times’—4The Polypterous paper & Aye-Aye paper fell flat—5 The latter was meant to raise a discussion on your views—but it was all a stale hash and I only made some half sarcastic remarks which stopped any further attempt at discussion—6
All the people present who could judge saw that Owen was lying & shuffling—: the other half saw he was getting the worst of it but regarded him I think, rather as an innocent old sheep, being worried by three particularly active young wolves—7 He rolled his eyes about & smiled so sweetly every time the teeth set sharp into his weasand!8
My wife & belongings are at Felixtow— I was so alarmed about my wife that I came back rather hastily from Scotland—9 I am glad to say however, that she is very much better— I think she had weakened herself by over-working & the grief which September always opens afresh10
I trust you are getting better & that Mrs Darwin & the children are all well again11
I took my book to Scotland but did nothing I shall ask leave to send you a bit or two as I get on12
Ever | Yours | T H Huxley
A “Society for the propagation of common honesty in all parts of the world” was established at Cambridge— I want you to belong to it, but I will say more about it by & bye13
The BAAS meeting at Cambridge was exhausting.
Owen came to attack him but was beaten; his paper fell flat.
A "society for propagation of common honesty in all parts of the world" was established at Cambridge [THH’s "Thorough Club"?].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3755,” accessed on 30 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3755