From T. H. Huxley 1 May 1865
Museum of Practical Geology
May 1 1865
My dear Darwin
I send you, by this post, a booklet none of which is much worth your reading, while of ninetenths of it you may say as the man did who had been trying to read Johnsons Dictionary “that the words were fine but he couldn’t make very much of the story”1
But perhaps the young lady who has been kind enough to act as taster of my books heretofore will read the explanatory notice & give me her ideas thereupon2 (always recollecting that almost the whole of it was written in the pre-darwinian epoch—)3
I do not hear very good accounts of you—to my sorrow—though rumours have reached me that the opus magnum is completely developed though not yet born—4
I am grinding at the mill & getting a little tired My belongings flourishing as I hope yours are
Ever | Yours faithfully | T H Huxley
Sends Catalogue [of the collection of fossils in the Museum of Practical Geology (1865)], most of which was written in pre-Darwinian epoch [i.e., 1857].
Hears magnum opus [Variation] completely developed, though not yet born.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4824,” accessed on 11 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4824