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From T. H. Huxley   [8 February 1873]1

My dear Darwin

I send you by book-post a copy of M. Arnolds “Literature & dogma” which he has forwarded to me for you—2 He told me the other day that he should not send the book directly to you, as he particularly wanted not to trouble you to write an acknowledgement

I hope you are thriving in these beastly East winds I am travelling between the two stations of Dyspepsia & health thus:


With best regards to Mrs Darwin | Ever | Yours faithfully | T. H. Huxley

I am in great hopes we shall secure the Presidential Chair of R. S. for Hooker—but of course that is between ourselves3


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Matthew Arnold, 9 February [1873].
Matthew Arnold’s Literature & dogma (Arnold 1873) was published in early February (Publishers’ Circular, 17 February 1873, p. 114).
Joseph Dalton Hooker was elected president of the Royal Society of London in 1873 (ODNB).


Arnold, Matthew. 1873. Literature & dogma: an essay towards a better apprehension of the Bible. London: Smith, Elder.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Forwards Matthew Arnold’s Literature and dogma [1873].

Hopes they can secure Hooker for President of Royal Society.

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Thomas Henry Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 166: 328
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8761,” accessed on 18 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21