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From H. A. Huxley and T. H. Huxley   17 October 1872

26 Abbey Place | St. Johns Wood

17th. Oct./ 72

Dear Mr. Darwin

Your letter and its enclosure took us by surprise.1

You talk of being allowed to treat us as relatives—but it is rarely that relatives are so magnificent in their gifts— We can but accept yours, with a thousand tender feelings, which thanks would coldly represent. & that which makes us so easily able to do so—in the knowledge of your and your dear wife’s love for us—and ours for you.—

You disclaim all feeling for poetry—& cry out—with wonder when others admire it but you are like the man—who had been all his life talking prose without knowing it and in this more than brotherly kindness—& many another make poetry of your life.

With our united love to your two selves | Ever | Yours affectionately | Henrietta Huxley.

Hal says—that there now only remains for him to buy up all the “Origin of Species”, & to paper the new walls with them!

Seen & approved by me Commander in chief (T. H. H.) only not so well expressed as I should have put it

I don’t know whether I ought to be dignified or not but I am not going to be—on the contrary I have only to say how much pleasure your kind thought of us has given me & how heartily I subscribe myself

One of the family


Appreciation of the "marriage gift"; their affection for CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Huxley; Henrietta Anne Heathorn/Henrietta Anne Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Abbey Place, 26
Source of text
DAR 166: 285
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8562,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20