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From George Gabriel Stokes to T. H. Huxley   5 December 1864

Summary

Sabine’s Royal Society address [awarding the Copley Medal to CD], in referring to the Origin, did not contain the words "expressly excluded". The actual words were "expressly omitted from the grounds of our award". This was not meant to place the Origin on a sort of index expurgatorium, but was a simple statement of fact.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 72–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4700

From G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley   5 December 1864

Summary

Wishes to correct an expression in his last letter which is "perhaps not rigorously exact": he should not have said "declining to honour it [the Origin] with the Copley Medal" but simply "not honouring it with the Copley medal". "Declining implies having been asked and there was no asking in the present case."

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  5 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4701

From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes   6 December 1864

Summary

He is certain he heard "expressly excluded" [of Origin from consideration in Royal Society award of Copley Medal]. Believes GGS may have inadvertently substituted "excluded" for "omitted". THH then submits his reasons for objecting to the passage as a whole even with the word "omitted".

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  6 Dec 1864
Classmark:  CUL (George Stokes papers, Add. 7656 H1383)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4702

From G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley   7 December 1864

Summary

It is improbable that he changed the wording of Sabine’s address without his noticing. Proceeds to defend the passage by quoting the rules of the award of the Copley Medal and the Royal Society Council’s action in this case, which is accurately presented in the wording of the award.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  7 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 81–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4704

From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes   8 December 1864

Summary

THH never imagined that "we" referred to anyone but the [Royal] Society Council. Still objects to inclusion of the passage, since "an agreement to say nothing" [about the Origin] does not justify comment on it by one party to the agreement.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  8 Dec 1864
Classmark:  CUL (George Stokes papers, Add. 7656 H1385)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4706

From G. G. Stokes to T. H. Huxley   8 December 1864

Summary

Corrects a minor error in his last letter.

Urges THH to return proofs of his paper to Royal Society. Some authors are more ready to come down on reviewers and secretary for delay than to get on with their own proofs.

Author:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  8 Dec 1864
Classmark:  DAR 99: 87–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4709

From T. H. Huxley to G. G. Stokes   9 December 1864

Summary

THH rejects GGS’s charges. Chides him with possibility that if he substituted "Falconer" for "Busk" he might have done it also for "excluded" and "omitted".

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  George Gabriel Stokes, 1st baronet
Date:  9 Dec 1864
Classmark:  CUL (George Stokes papers, Add. 7656 H1386)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4711
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