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To T. H. Huxley   9 April [1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 9th

My dear Huxley

We are very glad that Mrs. Huxley & yourself will come to us on the 26th.—

I am heartily sorry at so poor an account of your health.

I will tell you a pleasanter way for Mrs. Huxley to come, viz by Croydon & Epsom line from London Bridge to Sydenham Station, where my phaeton shall be & bring you here, 9–10 miles,— I will send to meet Train which leaves London at 3o. 15’, supposing that you would wish to have best part of day in London; but if you like to come earlier, so much the better, & fix earlier Train.—

We dine at 7. & shall perhaps have few visitors besides those in House.—2

Very many thanks for your card, which I fear I shall not take advantage of, as the Lecture of 22d. was what I most wanted to hear: but I shd. be very glad to hear any lecture, having heard of your lecturing powers.—3

Your’s Ever C. Darwin


See letter to T. H. Huxley, 2 April [1856], n. 2, for the members of the party staying at Down House. According to Emma Darwin’s diary, John Lubbock joined them for dinner on 26 April.


Arrangements for visit of Huxleys to Down on 26 Apr.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 33)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1852,” accessed on 24 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6