From J. D. Hooker 5 January 1875
Athenæum Club | Pall Mall S.W.
Huxley dissuades me so strenuously from writing to Mivart, on the grounds of his being a Fellow of the R.S., & I it’s President, that I suppose I must submit. I must confess that I cannot well see why the Secretary may & the President may not, to which the answer is that the Secretary’s having done it first,—if right—, renders the action of the President secondary—& if not right for the Secretary, it is still less so for the President.1
I must confess that I do not at all like the idea of the Presidentship limiting action in such a matter.— My letter is written, & couched in a strain that is widely different from Huxley’s, but I hesitate to send it if it would at all compromise me in my official position.2 I shall hold my hand till I hear what Bentham says:3 meanwhile I must give Mivart the cold shoulder, if I should happen to meet him.
Ever aff yrs | Jos D Hooker
Huxley strongly dissuades JDH from writing to Mivart because of his Presidency of Royal Society. JDH will hold his letter until he hears what Bentham says.