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From J. D. Hooker   [7 April 1873]1

Royal Gardens Kew

Monday.

Private

Dear Darwin

I write by return of post. Come on Wednesday; I am so happy to think you can— I have never liked to worry you by asking— thank goodness you know that—2

Fanny called on you the other day with some such a proposal on the tip of her tongue.3 She had suggested to me the paying to Huxleys bankers the amount of his law expences (to be raised by you, I, & a couple or so more)—4 I asked Tyndall5 the night before F. called on you, & he thought the affair too small, & that H. would not like the “stealing a march upon him.” so we agreed that F. should say nothing to you about it. The matter has however never left our minds—

My impression is, that the thing (raising £3000 or so) should be done, if we can assure ourselves that H. will have it: but I feel sure that this will be a difficulty. He & I have been railing at the testimonial system within the last few weeks; & as a public testimonial I feel sure he would not accept.

I have beaten my brains to find out if we could practise a pious fraud, & hand it over to him as a legacy from a defunct friend— but he is a deal too sharp, & no one could be other than open with Huxley.— I can’t conceive deception, however innocent, in his presence.

I have no time to say more, but do, I pray, cudgel your brains.— I will come & lunch with you tomorrow Tuesday, lest weather or health should prevent you coming here on Wednesday6

Ever yours | J D Hooker

Footnotes

The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 April 1873]. The Monday following 6 April 1873 was 7 April.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Frances Harriet Hooker had been to lunch with the Darwins on 28 March 1873.
See letter to J. D. Hooker, [6 April 1873] and n. 1. The reference is to Thomas Henry Huxley.
John Tyndall.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), the ‘meeting about Huxley’ took place on Tuesday 8 April 1873 and Hooker also came to lunch on Wednesday 9 April.

Summary

Thinks the Huxley fund should be done. Difficulty will be getting him to accept it.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8847
From
Joseph Dalton Hooker
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Kew
Source of text
DAR 103: 153–4
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8847,” accessed on 25 June 2018, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8847

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

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