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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   12 November [1875]1

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

Nov 12th

My dear Huxley

Many thanks for your Biology which I have read.— It was a real stroke of genius to think of such a plan.— Lord how I wish that I had gone through such a course.2

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to T. H. Huxley and Martin 1875 (see n. 2, below).
A copy of Course of practical instruction in elementary biology is in the Darwin Library–CUL (T. H. Huxley and Martin 1875). Each chapter of the book described a plant or animal organism, with a series of observations and experiments to be performed in a laboratory. The plan for the book arose out of Huxley’s teaching at the Royal School of Mines in South Kensington (see A. Desmond 1994–7, 2: 35–9, 73).


Desmond, Adrian. 1994–7. Huxley. 2 vols. London: Michael Joseph.


Thanks for Elementary biology [1875]. Wishes he had had a course like it.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology Archives (Huxley 5: 324)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10256,” accessed on 27 February 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23