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To H. A. Huxley   [5 December 1874]

2. Bryanston St | Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Sat. morning

My dear Mrs Huxley

I want very much to see Huxley1 tomorrow morning & I have just heard the horrid news that he is going down to High Elms tomorrow to meet Bishop Colenso.2

Is this true? Will you be so kind as to send me a card, as I must & will see him before leaving London.3

In Haste. Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


High Elms, Down, Kent, was John Lubbock’s country address. John William Colenso, bishop of Natal, visited England in 1874 to protest against harsh treatment of native peoples in Natal (Cox 1888, 2: 388–401).
CD met T. H. Huxley on 6 December 1874; see letter to G. H. Darwin, [6 December 1874]. No card from Henrietta Anne Huxley has been found.


Cox, George W. 1888. The life of John William Colenso, D.D., Bishop of Natal. 2 vols. London: W. Ridgway.


Wants to see Huxley tomorrow, but knows he is going down to High Elms to see Colenso.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henrietta Anne Heathorn/Henrietta Anne Huxley
Sent from
DE 5 | 74
Source of text
Janet Huxley (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9743F,” accessed on 1 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22