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Darwin Correspondence Project

From T. H. Huxley   1 June 1865

Museum of Practical Geology

June 1 | 1865

My dear Darwin

Your M.S reached me safely last evening—1

I could not refrain from glancing over it on the spot and I perceive I shall have to put on my sharpest spectacles & best considering cap—

I shall not write till I have thought well on the whole subject2

Ever Yours | T H Huxley


Huxley refers to CD’s manuscript of the section on pangenesis for Variation (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 27 May [1865] and n. 4).
No letter from Huxley commenting on CD’s manuscript has been found, but see the letter to T. H. Huxley, 12 July [1865], for CD’s response to Huxley’s critique.


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


MS arrived. Has glanced at it and sees he must put on his sharpest spectacles and best considering cap.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Museum of Practical Geology
Source of text
DAR 166: 308
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4845,” accessed on 25 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13