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Letter 10214

Darwin, C. R. to Huxley, T. H.

23 Oct [1875]


Thanks for THH’s essay on species [article for an American encyclopedia].

Will probably never again write on large and general subjects; will keep to easier specific ones such as insectivorous and climbing plants.


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

Oct 23d

My dear Huxley

Your essay on species seems to me excellent—the whole subject ina nut.— I do not know whether I may keep it— If I may, pleasetell me title of book in which it in.—f2 But, though I shd. liketo keep it, do not hesitate to have it returned, as it a mere chancewhether I shall ever again write on large & general questions. I thinkit will be wiser to keep to easier & special subjects, such as Insectivorousplants or Climbing Plants.— By the way I hope you got the formerbook.— I told Murray to send a copy to you to make theseries of my books, complete; though I do not suppose you wd. care about it. & so it shall be with my Climbing Plants.f3

Ever yours | C. Darwin

Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology Archives(Huxley 5: 320)



The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 30 October 1875.
Huxley’s essay has not been found in the Darwin Library, but was the entry on species in the American cyclopædia 15: 233–6, which was published in 1876.
Huxley’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Insectivorous plants in the section of copies to be sent by his publisher John Murray (see Appendix IV). Huxley evidently also received a copy of Climbing plants 2d ed., but there is no mark next to his name on the list that would indicate that this was the case.
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