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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Henry Huxley   10 March 1869

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

March 10/69/

My dear Huxley

I fear that you will hate me, but I could not bear to refuse the request in the enclosed note, coming from a man whom I much like & respect.— Accordingly I send the long letter by this day’s post, 21 pages, but in excellent hand-writing.1

Possibly, but not probably, it may be worth your while to read, before you answer all your critics, what a red-hot Comtist, lawyer & able man has to say for his prophet.—2 If you can let me have a line, saying that you will consider Vernon Lushingtons remarks & that will satisfy him.

There is no peace for the wicked or the good in this world.

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The letter, which was from Vernon Lushington, has not been found.
Lushington was a supporter of the positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte. In an article that appeared in the Fortnightly Review of 1 February 1869, Huxley had criticised positivism, commenting, ‘M. Comte’s philosophy in practice might be compendiously described as Catholicism minus Christianity’ (T. H. Huxley 1869a, p. 141). Lushington’s letter probably contained a response to Huxley’s critique.


At writer’s request, forwards long letter on Comte by Vernon Lushington.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
Sent from
Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 262)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6649,” accessed on 26 March 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17