From T. H. Huxley 25 February 1863
Feby 25th 1863
My dear Darwin
Please to say to Miss Henrietta Minor Rhadamanthus Darwin that I plead guilty to the justice of both criticisms & throw myself on the mercy of the Court1
As extenuating circumstances with respect to indictment No. 1. see prefatory notice.2
Extenuating circumstance No 2: that I picked up ‘Atavism’ in Pritchard years ago—and as it is a much more convenient word than ‘Hereditary transmission of variations’ it slipped into equivalence in my mind—and I forgot all about the original limitation3
But if these excuses should in your judgment tend to aggravate my offences suppress ’em, like a friend.
One may always hope more from a lady’s tenderheartedness than from her sense of justice
Publisher has just sent to say that I must give him any corrections for second thousand of my booklet immediately—4
Why did not Miss Etty send any critical remarks on that subject by the same post? I should be most immensely obliged for them
Ever | Yours faithy | T. H. Huxley
Pleads guilty to both criticisms of "Miss Henrietta Minor Rhadamanthus Darwin" [see 3896] of points in his Lectures [to working men].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4010,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4010