From Thomas Henry Huxley [before 30 January 1868]1
My dear Darwin
I wish to offer our hearty congratulations upon your son’s great success at Cambridge2
Is he my heraldic young friend of seven or eight years ago?3 It must be amazingly jolly to have a son come out in this style— And I must make my boys give their progenitors some such pleasure—; though they are not likely to go to either University4
The two volumes of the new book have just reached me5
My best thanks for them; and if you can only send me a little time for reading them within the next three months, you will heighten the obligation twenty-fold— I wish I had either two heads or a body that needed no rest—!
Ever yours faithfully | T H Huxley
Wife & chicks flourishing—& nearly purified6
Congratulations on George’s attaining Second Wrangler.
Variation has just arrived. Wishes he had two heads or a body that needed no rest.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5814,” accessed on 31 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5814