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To T. H. Huxley   4 January [1857]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan. 4th

My dear Huxley

I congratulate you heartily on Mrs. Huxley’s troubles being over.—2 It is a horrid affair at the best of times; & I fear a repitition will not make you feel younger.—

The Balanus is positively B. balanoides, & you may positively state that the surface to which it adhered was not beneath level of lowest tide3

I will bring specimen when next I come to London.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is given by CD’s reference to the birth of Noel Huxley (see n. 2, below).
Noel Huxley was born 31 December 1856 (L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 150–1).
CD had described the tidal locations in which individuals of Balanus balanoides were found in Living Cirripedia (1854): 272.


Living Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Balanidæ (or sessile cirripedes); the Verrucidæ, etc. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1854.


Congratulations [on Mrs H’s delivery].

Balanus balanoides positively identified by CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 48)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2037,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6