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DCP-LETT-9777

To J. D. Hooker   24 December [1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Dec. 24th

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.

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 23 December 1874.
2
See letter and enclosure from T. H. Huxley, 23 December 1874. Thomas Henry Huxley had sent CD a copy of his letter to St George Jackson Mivart censuring him for his failure to apologise for an attack on an article by George Howard Darwin.
3
For Mivart’s rejoinder, see Quarterly Review 137 (1874): 588–9, and Appendix V.

Summary

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.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9777
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 95: 358–9
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9777,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9777

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