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From John Tyndall   21 April 1873

Royal Institution of Great Britain

21st. April 1873

My dear Darwin

Whitworth has sent us £150— so that we have got clean over the the 2000—1

I have sent the money on to Lubbock who will do what is right with it.2

Don’t be fainthearted—no purer aim or object ever animated a man than that which animates you.3

Kind regards to Mrs. Darwin | ever & always yours | John Tyndall

Huxley has returned. I wish I could persuade you & Huxley to join Everyone at luncheon here on Wednesday4


Joseph Whitworth contributed to the subscription raised for Thomas Henry Huxley (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 April 1873] and n. 2).
The money raised for the subscription was handled by John Lubbock’s bank, Robarts, Lubbock & Co. (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 23 April 1873).
In his letter to Tyndall of 18 April [1873], CD had expressed his worry about the letter he would write to Huxley to inform him about the money.
Huxley had returned from Aberdeen (letter from T. H. Huxley to Michael Foster, 22 April 1873 (Dawson 1946, p. 51, no. 61)). CD had returned home from his London visit on 10 April 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Dawson, Warren R. 1946. The Huxley papers. A descriptive catalogue of the correspondence, manuscripts and miscellaneous papers of the Rt Hon. Thomas Henry Huxley, PC, DCL, FRS, preserved in the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. London: Macmillan for the Imperial College of Science and Technology.


[Sir Joseph?] Whitworth’s contribution brings total to over £2000. Wishes CD could be persuaded to come to lunch with Huxley and Emerson.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Tyndall
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Royal Institution
Source of text
DAR 106: C15
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8870,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

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