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To T. H. Huxley   18 [February 1863]1



My dear Huxley

Hurrah the Monkey Book has come—very many for your present of it.—2 I long to read it, but am determined to refrain till I have finished Lyell, & I have got only half through it.3 The Pictures are splendid.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The date is established by reference to the publication of T. H. Huxley 1863b on 20 February 1863 (Publishers’ Circular, 16 February 1863, p. 85, and Athenæum, 21 February 1863, p. 261).
Huxley’s Evidence as to man’s place in nature (T. H. Huxley 1863b) was published in February 1863 (see n. 1, above) by the London booksellers and publishers Williams & Norgate. CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 423–4).
CD refers to Charles Lyell’s Antiquity of man (C. Lyell 1863a) which he received at the beginning of the month (see letter to Charles Lyell, 4 [February 1863] and n. 1).


Athenæum. 1844. A few words by way of comment on Miss Martineau’s statement. No. 896 (28 December): 1198–9.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Thanks for "monkey book" [Evidence as to man’s place in nature (1863)].

Must wait till he has finished Lyell [Antiquity of man (1863)].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 173)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3996,” accessed on 24 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11