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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Tyndall   11 April 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap 11 1873

My dear Tyndall

You have had magnificent success. I enclose a list which I think includes all the names; if it does not please to inform me.1

I heard from Lubbock this mg & the figures opposite the names shew the sums actually received by him.2

We are certain of 1700 & shall probably get 1800   Is not this grand?

I rather expect a subscription from Dr A. Clark, who was delighted at my news under a medical point of view.3 I wish Mrs L. had not subscribed at all; though she has so good a heart— We had better keep her amount secret.4

I further much wish that Hooker had not given so much. As soon as I hear from Lubbock that all have subscribed (or we know that some will not) Lubbock will place the amount to H’s acct, & I will write to him. I have made up my mind, if H. refuses, to write to him & to say that I will not accept his answer until he has taken a few more days for consideration, & will supplicate him, & use every argument that I can think of, to make him change his mind. I wish you had undertaken this part of the job, for I believe you wd have done it better. Hooker, however, saw & approved of a rough copy of my intended letter.5 I will of course tell you every thing as it happens—

My dear Tyndall | yours most sincerely | Charles Darwin


CD refers to the subscription being raised for Thomas Henry Huxley (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 April 1873] and n. 2). The enclosure has not been found.
John Lubbock’s bank, Robarts, Lubbock & Co., was handling the money raised for the Huxley subscription.
Andrew Clark was Huxley’s physician (ODNB).
CD refers to Katherine Murray Lyell, who had raised the idea of a subscription in conversation with Emma Darwin on 4 April 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242); Emma Darwin (1904) 2: 262).
CD refers to Joseph Dalton Hooker. See also letter to T. H. Huxley, 23 April 1873.


Emma Darwin (1904): Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin. A century of family letters. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. Cambridge: privately printed by Cambridge University Press. 1904.

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.


Sends JT the list and amounts subscribed for Huxley. It will probably amount to £1800. He will write to Huxley and use every argument he can to make him accept.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
John Tyndall
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Source of text
DAR 261.8: 14 (EH 88205952)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8856,” accessed on 16 January 2022,

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