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
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.
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- Charles Robert Darwin
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