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To T. H. Huxley   11 April [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 11th

My dear Huxley

Hooker sent me this morning your Lecture, at R. In. & I have just read it. I must have the pleasure of telling you that I think the whole conclusion one of the most eloquent productions which I ever read in my life.—2

In my last note I became so full of Owen, that I quite forgot what I meant to have written about! viz that I have told Murray to send to you for Kölliker a copy of the Origin, if you will give it to him with my very sincere respects.—3

Since then I have forwarded to you by Post the first part of the German Translation.4

Adios | C. Darwin


Dated by the reference to Huxley’s lecture at the Royal Institution on 10 February 1860.
T. H. Huxley 1860a. There is an annotated copy in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
See letters to T. H. Huxley, 9 April [1860], and to John Murray, 9 April [1860].
CD refers to Heinrich Georg Bronn’s German translation of Origin (Bronn trans. 1860). CD had received copies of the first part on 10 April (see letter to H. G. Bronn, 10 April [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.


On THH’s lecture at Royal Institution ["On species and races, and their origin", Not. Proc. R. Inst. G. B. 3 (1858–62): 195–200]. Praises eloquence of his conclusion.

Has sent first part of German translation of Origin to THH.

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: 113)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2756,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

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