To T. H. Huxley 22 December 1
Down, Beckenham, Kent.
My dear Huxley,
Hooker has sent me your note to him to read, and I must write a few lines to say again how I honour you both for being willing to undertake so disagreeable a job for our sakes and pro bono publico.2 Scarcely anything in my life has made me so indignant and pained me so much as this attack on George. If Mivart sends any answer I should not be surprised if he says the article was much altered. He said this about the article in the “Month” in which I was attacked as an atheist, &c.:3 in this case I will see that Murray hears that the responsibility of the libel is thrown on the Editor’s shoulders.4 I cannot think what you will do if Mivart takes no notice. I do not believe that Mivart will put down the whole affair “to the account of my short temper,” as you are pleased to say;5 he must know you too well for that. Hooker is still inclined (after he hears the result of your move) to write direct to Mivart,6 and I think this has some advantages. I shall be very anxious to hear the result. From what you say I shall not write until the ground is clear, so when I know that he admits the article or will give no answer, I shall write in very plain terms, and so come to a dead cut
Yours very gratefully | Ch. Darwin
Thanks THH and Hooker for defending George Darwin against Mivart’s libel.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9769,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9769