From H. A. Huxley and T. H. Huxley 17 October 1872
26 Abbey Place | St. Johns Wood
17th. Oct./ 72
Dear Mr. Darwin
Your letter and its enclosure took us by surprise.1
You talk of being allowed to treat us as relatives—but it is rarely that relatives are so magnificent in their gifts— We can but accept yours, with a thousand tender feelings, which thanks would coldly represent. & that which makes us so easily able to do so—in the knowledge of your and your dear wife’s love for us—and ours for you.—
You disclaim all feeling for poetry—& cry out—with wonder when others admire it but you are like the man—who had been all his life talking prose without knowing it and in this more than brotherly kindness—& many another make poetry of your life.
With our united love to your two selves | Ever | Yours affectionately | Henrietta Huxley.
Hal says—that there now only remains for him to buy up all the “Origin of Species”, & to paper the new walls with them!
Seen & approved by me Commander in chief (T. H. H.) only not so well expressed as I should have put it
I don’t know whether I ought to be dignified or not but I am not going to be—on the contrary I have only to say how much pleasure your kind thought of us has given me & how heartily I subscribe myself
One of the family
Appreciation of the "marriage gift"; their affection for CD.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8562,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8562