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To T. H. Huxley   27 May [1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

May 27th

My dear Huxley

I have just written & will post tomorrow two very strong notes to Ld Overstone & Sir J. Lubbock, & I shall be heartily glad if they are of the least service to you.—2

I have this morning received your Lecture,3 but have not had time yet to look at it.

Your’s most truly | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letter to J. W. Lubbock, 27 May [1856]. Both letters relate to Huxley’s application for the position of examiner in physiology and comparative anatomy at London University, which fell vacant in 1856.
Samuel Jones Loyd, Baron Overstone, was a member of the senate of London University (Harte 1986, p. 125). John William Lubbock, who had been the university’s first vice-chancellor, 1836–42, was also a member of the senate (Harte 1986, p. 83).
Probably the third of Huxley’s lectures on general natural history (T. H. Huxley 1856–7), published on 24 May 1856. CD had already received the first two lectures (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 21 [May 1856]).


Harte, Negley. 1986. The University of London, 1836-1986: an illustrated history. London and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: The Athlone Press.

Huxley, Thomas Henry. 1856–7. Lectures on general natural history. Medical Times & Gazette n.s. 12: 429–32, 481–4, 507–11, 563–7, 618–23; 13: 27–30, 131–4, 157–60, 278–81, 383–6, 462–3, 537–8, 586–8, 635–9; 14: 133–5, 181–3, 255-7, 353–5, 505–8, 638–40; 15: 159–62, 186–9, 238–41, 467-71.


Has written very strong notes to Lord Overstone and Sir J. W. Lubbock and hopes they will be of service to THH.

Acknowledges receipt of THH’s lecture [unidentified].

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: 174)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1878,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

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