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From T. H. Huxley   2 October 1865

26 Abbey Place | St Johns Wood

Oct. 2nd 1865

My dear Darwin

‘This comes hoping you are well’ & for no other purpose than to say as much. I am just back from seven weeks idleness at Littlehampton with my wife & children the first time I have had a holiday of any extent with them for years.1

We are all flourishing—the babies particularly so—and I find myself rather loth to begin grinding at the mill again. There is a vein of laziness in me which crops out uncommonly strong in your godson2—who is about the idlest, jolliest young four year old I know—

You will have been as much grieved as I have been about dear old Hooker—3 According to the last accounts however he is mending & I hope to see him in pristine vigour again before long

My wife is gone to bed or she would join me in kindest regards & remembrances to Mrs Darwin & your family—

Ever yours faithfully | T H Huxley


Littlehampton, a coastal resort in Sussex, was a popular holiday destination for Huxley, his wife Henrietta Anne Huxley, and their six children, Jessie, Marian, Leonard, Rachel, Nettie, and Henry, who ranged in age from 7 years to 9 months (see L. Huxley 1900, 1: 302).
Huxley refers to Leonard Huxley. See A. Desmond 1994–7, 1: 290–1.
Joseph Dalton Hooker had suffered a severe attack of rheumatic fever in August and had recently been recuperating at Buxton, Derbyshire (see letter from F. H. Hooker, [17 August 1865], and letter from J. D. Hooker, [26 September 1865]).


Has returned from holiday. Family news.

Concern over Hooker’s health.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Abbey Place, 26
Source of text
DAR 166: 310
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4905,” accessed on 24 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13