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From T. H. Huxley   [4 April 1875]1

4 Marlborough Place | N.W

Sunday aft.

My dear Darwin

I set to work immediately after you left this morning & excogitated the following— If you & Paget & Sanderson would deal with it as you think fit—it strikes me it might form a basis for a petition such as we talked about2

Ever | Yours faithfully | T H Huxley


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. S. Burdon Sanderson, [11 April 1875]. CD was in London from 31 March to 12 April 1875 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). There were two Sundays during this period, 4 and 11 April. However, in his letter to Burdon Sanderson of [11 April 1875], CD does not mention having seen Huxley that morning.
CD had asked Huxley to consult physiologists in London about presenting a petition to regulate vivisection to the House of Commons (see letter to T. H. Huxley, 14 January 1875). Huxley’s enclosure has not been found; however, a copy of the draft petition is in DAR 139.17: 19 (see Appendix VI). Huxley refers to James Paget and John Scott Burdon Sanderson.


Sends his thoughts on [vivisection] petition. Thinks they might make petition more talked about. Leaves it to J. Paget, Burdon Sanderson, and CD to deal with.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Marlborough Place, 4
Source of text
DAR 166: 337
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9875,” accessed on 28 February 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23