To T. H. Huxley 19 March 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Huxley
Thanks for your Address.2 People complain of the unequal distribution of wealth, but it a much greater shame & injustice that any one man shd. have the power to write so many brilliant essays as you have lately done. There is no one who writes like you.— I have hugely enjoyed your attack on Thompson; but if I were in your shoes I should tremble for my life.— I agree with all you say, except that I must think that you draw too great a distinction between your evolutionists & the uniformitarians.3
I find that the few sentences which I have sent to press in the Origin about the age of the world will do fairly well, though if I had read you first, perhaps I shd have been less deferential towards Thompson.4
Many thanks for your note received a day or two ago with yourself represented as a bristly little Terrier.—5
Ever yours | C. Darwin
Thanks for THH’s address [to Geological Society, Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 25 (1869): 28–53]. Admires it and enjoyed attack on William Thomson hugely, but would tremble if he were in THH’s boots. Distinction made by THH between evolutionists and uniformitarians is too great. CD’s sentences on age of world in Origin will do, but he might have been less timid had he read THH.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 266)
- Physical description
- geological time, epochs
- negative attitude/assessment
- positive criticism of correspondent
- theory (including philosophy)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6670,” accessed on 26 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6670