To T. H. Huxley 30 January 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Huxley
Most sincere thanks for your kind congratulations.2 I never received a note from you in my life without pleasure; but whether this will be so after you have read Pangenesis, I am very doubtful.3 Oh Lord what a blowing up I may receive. I write now partly to say that you must not think of looking at my Book till the summer, when I hope you will read pangenesis, for I care for your opinion on such a subject more than for that of any other man in Europe.— You are so terribly sharp-sighted & so confoundedly honest! But to the day of my death I will always maintain that you have been too sharp-sighted on Hybridism; & the Chapter on the subject in my Book I shd like you to read; not that, as I fear, it will produce any good effect, & be hanged to you.—4
I rejoice that your children are all pretty well.— Give Mrs Huxley the enclosed & ask her to look out (for no 5) when one of her children is struggling & just going to burst out crying.5 A dear young lady near here, plagued a very young child for my sake, till it cried, & saw the eyebrows for a second or two beautifully oblique, just before the torrent of tears began.6
The sympathy of all our friends about George’s success (it is the young Herald) has been a wonderful pleasure to us.7 George has not slaved himself, which makes his success the more satisfactory.
Farewell my dear Huxley, & do not kill yourself with work | Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives
- Physical description
Thanks for congratulations.
Doubts THH’s response to Pangenesis will give him pleasure. "Oh Lord what a blowing up I may receive."
Still thinks THH has been too "sharp sighted" on hybridism.
Sends Mrs Huxley Queries about expression.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5817,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5817