To J. D. Hooker 24 December 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Hooker
You will see by the enclosed note from Huxley & the copy of his answer to Mivart, how the matter stands.2 It is a tremendous reproof to him. As Huxley desires it, I shall not write to him, unless he writes to me or George, but in this case I shall express plainly my opinion of his base conduct. Now that he is afraid of Huxley I think it is nothing his saying in a private letter that he is sorry; & the case is in some respects worse as he now owns that for some months he has thought himself wrong, & yet on Oct 15th he published that shabby rejoinder.—3 Nor will any private apology to George in my opinion be a sufficient reparation. I have heard of one stranger who has been disgusted, (trusting in the Quarterly) that George shd have uttered such doctrines. Assuredly if he writes to me I shall express my opinion, nor am I contented to be ultimately silent, but I will wait & see what turns up.—
Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
P.S. You will see that Huxley wants the copy returned.
Encloses note from Huxley and copy of Huxley’s answer to Mivart – a tremendous reproof. On Huxley’s advice, CD will not write to Mivart. Thinks Mivart’s private apology to Huxley makes the case even worse.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9777,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9777