From T. H. Huxley 29 May 1865
May 29th 1865
My dear Darwin
I meant to have written to you yesterday to say how glad I shall be to read whatever you like to send me—1
I have to lecture at the Royal Institution this week2 but, after Friday, my time will be more at my own disposal than usual; and, as always, I shall be most particularly glad to be of any use to you
Any glimmer of light on the question you speak of is of the utmost importance and I shall be immensely interested in learning your views— And of course I need not add I will do my best to upset them That is the nature of the beast—
I had a letter from one of the ablest younger zoologists of Germany, Haeckel,3 the other day in which this passage occurs—
“The darwinian theory the establishment and development of which is the object all my scientific labours, has gained ground immensely in Germany (where it was at first so misunderstood) during the last two years—and I entertain no doubt that it will before long be everywhere victorious” And he adds, that I dealt far too mildly with Kölliker4
With kindest remembrances to Mrs Darwin & your family | Ever | Yours faithfully | T H Huxley
I am glad to hear the icebags are doing you good— I used to know Chapman very well in connexion with the Westminster5
Glad to read what CD sends. Any glimmer of light on those subjects is of utmost importance.
Quotes a letter from Haeckel on progress of Darwinism in Germany.