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From T. H. Huxley   18 December 1868

Geological Survey of England and Wales

My dear Darwin

It’s lucky this letter contains no secrets for I opened it & read it without looking at the outside—as it came enclosed with other matters—1

Schleicher is a great loss—2

Ever yours | T H Huxley

Jermyn St

Dec 18th 1868

Haeckel evidently thinks that a grateful country has knighted you


The enclosure has not been found, but was evidently a letter from Ernst Haeckel to CD, of 12 December 1868 (see letter to Ernst Haeckel, 20 December 1868). Haeckel accidentally enclosed the letter to CD in his letter to Huxley, also written on 12 December 1868 and containing other enclosures (Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives, Huxley papers, 17: 196).
August Schleicher died on 6 December 1868 (ADB).


Sends letter [from Haeckel?] opened by mistake.

August Schleicher a great loss.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Jermyn St
Source of text
DAR 166: 316
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6498,” accessed on 20 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16