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To T. H. Huxley   4 March [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

March 4th

My dear Huxley

You poor Londoners I daresay never see the Gardeners’ Chronicle so I write to say that in to days number, there appears the following.

“We borrow from the Times the following brilliant notice of the work &c &c”

Then comes your whole Article—2 I never knew G. Ch. do such a thing before    see you best of “general agents” what capital service you have done in the good cause of removing prejudice &c.

Yours Most sincerely | C. Darwin

By the way, a fortnight ago Harvey attacked my book in rather weak article, & Hooker made really admirable rejoinder in last week’s number.—3


Dated by the reference to the Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette (see n. 2, below).
Huxley’s anonymous review of Origin in The Times, 26 December 1859, p. 8, was reprinted in the Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 3 March 1860, pp. 192–3.
Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 18 February 1860, p. 145, and 25 February 1860, pp. 170–1. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 [February 1860].


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Gardeners’ Chronicle has reprinted THH’s Times review.

W. H. Harvey made weak attack on Origin [Gard. Chron. (1860): 145–6], to which Hooker made admirable rejoinder [Gard. Chron. (1860): 170–1].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 109)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2720,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8