To T. H. Huxley 24 December 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Huxley
Your letter to Mivart is a tremendous reproof to him.2 (I have read it again, it is tremendous.) As he now owns that he has thought himself for some time in the wrong, it makes his miserable shabby equivocating rejoinder worse.3 I have forwarded your note to me & copy of note to Mivart to Hooker, & told him to return the latter to you.—4 As you think it best, I will not write to Mivart at present, but I do not feel inclined to allow such conduct to pass without telling the author what I think of him in plain language. As for Mivart, now that he afraid of you, saying he is sorry, it goes for nothing. He practised a similar dodge with me about some passages in the Genesis of Species.5 Nor would a private apology to George in my opinion be at all sufficient.
To my knowledge one person has been disgusted & horrified at George, for believing in the Quarterly.— I will wait & do nothing at present, but if George receives a mere simple expression of regret, or if we do not hear, I do not think I shall resist telling him how base a man I think him:
You have been, my dear Huxley, most generous in this whole affair.
Yours affecy | C. Darwin
If, as I understand, you have made out the homology of the skull, it is in my opinion, the greatest discovery for many a year.6
THH’s letter to Mivart is "tremendous". CD’s feelings and intentions about the matter.
If THH has made out homology of the skull, it is grandest discovery in years.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
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- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 311)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9776,” accessed on 25 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9776