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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   28 April 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 28th/73

My dear Huxley

I enclose the names in alphabetical order, & I hope that there is not one on the list of which you will disapprove.1 To my mind any mark of friendship from such men would be a thousand times more valuable than all the medals & such like honours which can be thought of.— Some of your friends think that you had better take a holiday at once, & had you not better talk with Dr. Clark on subject?2 Some time ago, Lubbock, as I understood, spoke to Forster, who seemed to think that there wd. be no difficulty in your taking rest at any time that was necessary, or adviseable for your health.3

I am sorry I did not write more explicitly about Lady Lyell. It is a dreadful tragedy, but how fortunate that she never knew that there was danger of her leaving poor old Sir C., & that she did not suffer at all except from weakness.4

Very many thanks for your new vol. received this morning. I have read the Preface, & there certainly “is life in the old dog yet.”5

By the way there is a new Review (I suspect written by Dr Stirling, your enemy.—) in the Edinburgh scolding me severely, & you & Tyndall & H. Spencer.6 I have not read it all, but parts, as far as I am concerned, are very unfair: for instance, like Mivart, he says I quote only authors on my own side in my Expression book, whereas, H. Spencer is the sole evolutionist who has written on the subject!7 With respect to Dr. Forbes, unless there is something more explicit than the sentence which you copy, I shd. not have thought it worth answering. It seems to me much the same as if the French after the battle of Waterloo had said “the English & their friends will now be rendered more cautious in their further proceedings”8

My dear Huxley | Ever yours | C. Darwin

I have had a cheering letter from Hooker who has seen your letter to me about your “noble-minded” proceedings9

I must add that Lady Lubbock10 cried from joy about your letter.


CD refers to the list of subscribers to the fund for Huxley (see letter to subscribers to T. H. Huxley’s gift, [25 April 1873], n. 4, and Appendix IV).
See letter from T. H. Huxley, 26 April 1873 and n. 1. CD refers to Mary Elizabeth and Charles Lyell.
See letter from T. H. Huxley, 26 April 1873 and nn. 5 and 6. The book was Huxley’s Critiques and addresses (T. H. Huxley 1873).
See letter from T. H. Huxley, 26 April 1873 and nn. 8 and 9. James David Forbes had made the remark after he had failed to win the Royal Society of London’s Copley Medal.


[Baynes, Thomas Spencer.] 1873. [Review of Expression.] Edinburgh Review 137: 492–528.

Huxley, Thomas Henry. 1873. Critiques and addresses. London: Macmillan.


Lady Lyell’s death.

Sends names of donors of gift to THH.

The Edinburgh Review has a critical article against CD, THH, Tyndall, and H. Spencer [see 8935]. Thinks Forbes reference not worth answering.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 299)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8887,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

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