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To Thomas Henry Huxley   10 March 1869

Summary

At writer’s request, forwards long letter on Comte by Vernon Lushington.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 262)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6649

From T. H. Huxley   11 March 1869

Summary

Nothing new in Lushington’s letter. Two paragraphs are offensive – that THH sought to stir up Scotch Presbyterian prejudices against Comte at Edinburgh and that he had not read Comte.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 317
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6654

To T. H. Huxley   12 March [1869]

Summary

Apologises for passing on what he agrees were offensive remarks in V. Lushington’s letter. Has told VL he had no right to make them. Asks THH to make allowance for red-hot disciples defending the master.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  12 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 264)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6658

From T. H. Huxley   17 March 1869

Summary

Last letter was written to be passed on for Lushington’s edification. "(Standing on the points of my toes and my tail very stiff)." Is tiring of controversy as a waste of time. Begins to understand CD’s sufferings over Origin.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 318
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6665

To T. H. Huxley   19 March [1869]

Summary

Thanks for THH’s address [to Geological Society, Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 25 (1869): 28–53]. Admires it and enjoyed attack on William Thomson hugely, but would tremble if he were in THH’s boots. Distinction made by THH between evolutionists and uniformitarians is too great. CD’s sentences on age of world in Origin will do, but he might have been less timid had he read THH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  19 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 266)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6670

From T. H. Huxley   7 May 1869

Summary

H. M. S. Nassau, surveying Magellan Straits, has found fossils at Gallegos River. They have been sent to THH by R. O. Cunningham [naturalist of H. M. S. Nassau]. Skull of entirely new ungulate mammal.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 319
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6732

To T. H. Huxley   8 May [1869]

Summary

Thanks for [D. D. Cunningham’s] letter. Had hoped for a better haul but delighted to hear of the curious fossil.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  8 May [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 268)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6735

To T. H. Huxley   9 July [1869]

Summary

Haeckel wants British specimens of calcareous sponges. Can THH tell him to whom he can apply?

Health not improving – cannot climb even a hill.

Has heard THH’s article on Comte ["Scientific aspects of Positivism", Lay sermons (1870)] is a splendid success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  9 July [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 271)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6823

From T. H. Huxley   16 July 1869

Summary

Has already referred Haeckel’s request to J. S. Bowerbank.

Has lost track of collectors and naturalists "by grace of the dredge" because of other work and ""the great question of "Darwinismus" which is such a worry to us all"".

Family health.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 320
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6830

To T. H. Huxley   21 September [1869]

Summary

James Orton, U. S. naturalist, has sent him a tooth from skull of a horse found in Quito, Ecuador in deposits containing Mastodon, etc. JO asked CD to send it to Owen, but, since he does not communicate with Owen, he is sending it to THH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  21 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 273)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6901

From T. H. Huxley   28 September 1869

Summary

Will do his best on the tooth [sent by CD] but does not put much weight on conclusions based on a single tooth of a horse.

Darwin attacked by three clergymen at BAAS meeting [Exeter, 1869].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 166: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6914

To T. H. Huxley   1 October [1869]

Summary

V. O. Kovalevsky, Russian translator [of Variation], wishes to hear THH lecture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  1 Oct [1869]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 275)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6922

To T. H. Huxley   14 October 1869

Summary

Delighted with THH’s review [in Academy (1869)] of Haeckel’s [Natürliche] Schöpfungsgeschichte [1868],

but groans about THH’s view of rudimentary organs. Cites Origin and Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  14 Oct 1869
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 277)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6936
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