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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9805,” accessed on 26 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9805