To J. D. Hooker 6 January 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Hooker.
Many thanks for note from Athenæum.2 As I am an interested party, I can form no judgment on point in question.— I do not feel inclined myself, under altogether different circumstances to refrain from expressing my opinion clearly to Mr Mivart & thus coming to a dead cut.—3 Ever yours affecty | C. Darwin
I have just read the few first general chapters of Lubbock’s book & am pleased to find that I like them very much, & I really think that they are well adapted for his object of arousing attention.—4 I am very glad indeed that I speak to L. in favourable terms.—
By the Lord what an article that is of Huxley’s in the Academy. I do not believe there is any body in Grt. Britain who can write like him.—5
Many thanks about Drosophyllum: which will be extremely useful.6
Gentisea has proved a wonderful creature7
Is not inclined to restrain himself from expressing his opinion of Mivart. Huxley’s article in Academy.