To T. H. Huxley 4 January 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Huxley
Very many thanks for your Photograph, which is excellent, but it makes you look too black & solemn as if facing the bench of Bishops.—1
We were all charmed with Mrs. Huxley “too sincere” note.2 Oh that I should live to be called “Owen-like”! I was indeed innocent of concealing the context, for I did not read one line beyond the charming lines which I quoted, & they were enough for me!3
How hard you are worked & I do wish that you had more leisure or at least not so many lectures. It is an absolute marvel to me how much you do.— I knew there was very little chance of your having time to write a popular treatise on Zoology;4 but you are about the one man that could do it. At the time I felt it would be almost a sin for you to do it, as it would of course destroy some original work. On the other hand, I sometimes think that general & popular Treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work.— As for writing being a great labour to you, I can hardly swallow that. Your words on paper seem always to come out spontaneously. I have heard it hinted that you wrote the slashing leading article in the last Reader.5 It is a capital article whether or no you wrote it. That is splendid about the pump & shoes—6
I am no great thing in health, but manage most days to do a little work.—
Our kindest remembrances to Mrs Huxley | Ever yours | C. Darwin
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 211)
- Physical description
Thanks for photograph, charmed by Mrs Huxley’s letter.
Regrets THH cannot do the popular work on zoology.
Has heard THH wrote leading article in last Reader ["Science and ""church policy"" ", 4 (1864): 821].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4738,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4738