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


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

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley; Henrietta Anne Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 166: 285
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8562

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  • Huxley, H. A. Darwin, C. R. …
  • Huxley, T. H. …
  • H.  Huxley   17 October 1872 …
  • … From H.  A.  Huxley and T.   …
  • … See letter to H.  A.  Huxley, 16 October [1872] . …
  • 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.   …

To H. A. Huxley   16 October [1872]


Wants to make a present to her on the move to a new house.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henrietta Anne Huxley
Date:  16 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 291)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8561

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, H. A. …
  • … To H.  A.  Huxley   16 October [1872] …
  • H.  Huxley, 17 October 1872 . CD enclosed a cheque for £100; it is recorded in his Account …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H.  A.  Huxley and T.   …

From T. H. Huxley   20 December 1872


Personal affairs – the move to Marlborough Place.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1872
Classmark:  DAR 166: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8687

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  • Huxley, T. H. Darwin, C. R. …
  • … From T.  H.  Huxley   20 December 1872 …
  • … what a joy moving has been in this weather— Ever yours very faithfully | T.  H.  Huxley
  • … See letter to T.  H.  Huxley, [17] December [1872] . In 1872, 17 December was a Tuesday. …

To T. H. Huxley   [17] December [1872]


Plans to see THH in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  [17] Dec [1872]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 308)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8682

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   [17] December [1872] …
  • … this letter and the letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 20 December 1872 , and by CD’s arrival in …

To T. H. Huxley   22 October [1872]


Supports the abolition of prize fellowships at the universities.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  22 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 301)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8567

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Huxley, T. H. …
  • … To T.  H.  Huxley   22 October [1872] …

From W. W. Reade   13 February 1872


Sending sheets of his forthcoming work on Africa [Martyrdom of man (1872)] with views that differ from CD’s on music and sexual selection.

The Pall Mall Gazette will review the new [6th] edition of the Origin, together with Mivart’s Genesis of species [1871].

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 176: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8210

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  • … vol.  19, letter from T.  H.  Huxley and H.  A.  Huxley, 20 September 1871 ). David …
  • … an article, ‘Mr.  Darwin’s critics’ (T.  H.  Huxley 1871a), which criticised Mivart 1871a …
  • h . I next go to work on will contain little science —& whether anything I have collected is first published by you or by me is a matter of indifference— As far as vanity goes, I prefer the former: as you give my statements a wider circulation than I can ever hope to get for them myself. The Pall Mall Gazette will I believe review your new edition of the Origin & Mivart’s Genesis in the same article. I have taken care that the reviewer, whoever he may be, is put up to reading Huxley’ …

From Wilkinson? to T. H. Huxley   22 November 1872


Monkeys’ allegedly dying from yellow fever.

Author:  Wilkinson, [– ]
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8642

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  • … From Wilkinson? to T.  H.  Huxley   22 November 1872 …

From St G. J. Mivart   10 January 1872


Agrees to close their correspondence. Defends his position against criticisms of Huxley and Chauncey Wright; assures CD of his continuing friendly feelings.

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 199
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8154

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  • … professor) Thomas Henry Huxley (see T.  H.  Huxley 1871a, p.  474). See Wright 1871a, p.   …
  • Huxley misrepresent me grotesquely . Secondly M r Wright takes the liberty to speak of my “theological education”— as a fact my education was quite the other way . I was a thorough going disciple of the school of Mill, Bain & H.   …

From J. J. Weir   31 July 1872


On variegated leaves; a feature not inherited consistently.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8440

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  • … Europe. See Correspondence vol.  16, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 23 July [1868] and n.  4. …

To A. R. Wallace   [19 February 1872]


Sends 6th ed. of Origin;

draws attention to his criticism of ARW’s estimate of Kovalevsky;

mentions his disagreement with much of Spencer’s doctrine

and in a postscript points out an inaccuracy in an article in Once a Month.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  [19 Feb 1872]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (Quentin Keynes Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8211

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  • … was a subkingdom that included insects, crustaceans, and worms (T.  H.  Huxley 1869). …

From Raphael Meldola   12 March 1872


Wishes to use some of Fritz Müller’s observations in his paper on mimicry.

CD’s reply and Huxley’s article ["Mr Darwin’s critics", Contemp. Rev. 18 (1871): 443–76] have answered all of Mivart’s objections to natural selection as applied to man.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8240

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  • … refers to Thomas Henry Huxley’s article ‘Mr.  Darwin’s critics’ (T.  H.  Huxley 1871). …

From W. W. Reade   18 February 1872



Compares Origin to Newton’s Principia and Adam Smith’s Wealth of nations.

His view of CD’s response to Mivart.

On mammae;

gradualism of evolution;

suicide among savages.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 88: 74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8218

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  • … Henry Huxley’s review of Origin ( [T.  H.  Huxley] 1860 ). See also Correspondence vol.   …
  • … 7, letter from T.  H.  Huxley, 23 November 1859 . Charles Lyell had argued in favour of a …

From Anton Dohrn   15 February 1872


AD is sorry CD thinks publication of Descent a mistake. The excitement shows it was necessary for someone to speak plainly.

His great difficulties (Italian indolence, dishonesty, hatred) in establishing zoological station. Can at last start construction.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 208
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8214

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  • … Administrative nihilism’ (T.  H.  Huxley 1871c) in the November  1871 issue of the same …
  • … of the Fortnightly Review ( H.  Taylor 1871 ); in it, Taylor criticised Huxley’s article ‘ …

From St G. J. Mivart   4 January 1872


Sends his reply to Huxley’s criticisms [Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 168–97].

Author:  St George Jackson Mivart
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 197
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8143

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  • … also published in Contemporary Review (T.  H.  Huxley 1871a). Mivart published a reply to …

To Anton Dohrn   3 February 1872


Thanks AD for his article in Das Ausland ["Englische Kritiker und Anti-Kritiker über den Darwinismus", 49 (1871): 1153–7].

Mivart’s book [Genesis of species], which misinterprets CD’s views, has produced a great effect in England.

He has answered the point about incipient structures being useless in new [6th] edition of Origin.

His Descent has had immense circulation, but has met with approval of hardly any naturalists. He supposes it was a mistake to publish it, but it will pave way for a better work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  3 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 699)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8199

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  • … s essay ‘Mr.  Darwin’s critics’ (T.  H.  Huxley 1871a). Huxley stayed at Dohrn’s house in …

From Henry Huxley   17 and 20 January 1872


His father has gone to Egypt.

Tells of visit to circus.

Author:  Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 and 20 Jan 1872
Classmark:  DAR 166: 286
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8162

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  • … see Correspondence vol.  16, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 10 June 1868 ) had celebrated his …

To John Denny   14 July [1872]


Discusses JD’s crossing experiments with Pelargonium; notes that his conclusions on male prepotence oppose those of Gärtner. Suggests that his observations on differences in fertility of certain varieties of Pelargonium crossed with certain other varieties be communicated to the Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Denny
Date:  14 July [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 114–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8410

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  • … see also Correspondence vol.  10, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 18 December [1862] . …

To Gaston de Saporta   8 April 1872


Responds to GdeS’s comments on Descent [see 8246]. Cannot give up belief in close relationship of man to higher Simiae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Louis Charles Joseph Gaston (Gaston) de Saporta, comte de Saporta
Date:  8 Apr 1872
Classmark:  Archives Gaston de Saporta (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8282

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  • … being Anthropidae and Lemuridae (T.  H.  Huxley 1869, p.  99; see also Descent 1: 195). …

To A. R. Wallace   [2 September 1872]


Huxley’s report of Bastian’s having watched the development of the scale of Sphagnum. The importance of studies of possible causes of heterogenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Date:  [2 Sept 1872]
Classmark:  British Library (Add MS 46434)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8504

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  • … Bastian’s work (see for example, T.  H.  Huxley, ‘Dr Bastian and spontaneous generation’, …

From Chauncey Wright   3 April 1872


Discusses Mivart’s reply ["Genesis of species", North Am. Rev. 114 (1872): 451–68] to CW’s review and to Huxley.

Asks whether CD knows anyone to whom he could usefully send a copy of his phyllotaxy paper [Mem. Am. Acad. Arts & Sci. n.s. 9 (1867–73): 379–415].

Author:  Chauncey Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1872
Classmark:  DAR 181: 167
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8273

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  • … article ‘Mr.  Darwin’s critics’ (T.  H.  Huxley 1871a) in ‘Evolution and its consequences. …
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