From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes 9 December 1864
Dec. 9th 1864
My dear Stokes—
I am quite puzzled by the sarcastic tone of the last paragraph of your note of yesterday.1 I am not aware that I ever abused referees for keeping papers—or attacked the secretary for not stirring them up— I do recollect once getting a resolution of Council that referees should be stirred up, passed;2 but that has so long become a dead letter that you cannot be thinking of it.
The fact is I have not been at all remiss in ‘getting on with my own’ paper— The artist is keeping me waiting & I have stirred him up over & over again—3 Perhaps you will try your hand now.
Now it is my turn to have a little chaff, as we have taken to that line— Don’t you think that “As Falconer : Busk " excluded : omitted” is a good rule of three sum—?;4 and that our worthy & usually very accurate secretary,5 who could make the one mistake in writing, might (without too great sin) be supposed to have made the other in reading—?
Ever yours very faithfully | T. H. Huxley
P.S. The above problem in proportion is of course of a private character—
THH rejects GGS’s charges. Chides him with possibility that if he substituted "Falconer" for "Busk" he might have done it also for "excluded" and "omitted".