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From G. H. Darwin to John Tyndall   [7 April 1873]1

16 Montagu St | Portman Sq

Monday morng.

Dear Professor Tyndal

My father begs me to write you a note to say that he particularly wishes to see you on business not connected with himself.2 He will therefore call on you at about 4.15 this evening; if you cannot then see him, will you have the great kindness to call here this evening at 5 p.m or any later hour which may suit you

Yours very sincerely | G. H. Darwin

P.S. | He is very much fatigued with a journey he has had to take to the city this morning,3 & I therefore venture to say on my own responsibility that it wd. be a very great kindness to him if you cd. call here from 3.30 to 3.45 so as to just to stop him starting.— If you do come please not to mention that I have asked you to come as I’m sure he wd. think I had taken an unwarrantable liberty, tho’ I trust you will not think soo too.


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 April 1873]. The Monday after 6 April 1873 was 7 April.
The business referred to was the plan to raise a subscription for Thomas Henry Huxley (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 April 1873] and n. 2).
CD had probably visited John Lubbock, who was head of the bank Robarts, Lubbock & Co. in the City of London. The money raised for the subscription was handled by Lubbock’s bank (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 23 April 1873).


CD particularly wishes to see JT "On business not connected with himself" [the fund for Huxley’s holiday]. Asks whether CD may call that afternoon. GHD adds postscript saying CD very fatigued. He hopes JT can come to see CD instead, but he should not mention that GHD suggested it.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Howard Darwin
John Tyndall
Sent from
London, Montague St, 16
Source of text
DAR 261.8: 12 (EH 88205950)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8846,” accessed on 19 January 2020,

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