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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   [5 July 1860]1

Sudbrook Park | Richmond


My dear Huxley

I must send you a line to say what a good fellow you are to send me so long an account of the Oxford doings.2 I have read it twice & sent it to my wife & when I get home shall read it again: it has so much interested me.—   But how durst you attack a live Bishop in that fashion? I am quite ashamed of you! Have you no reverence for fine lawn sleeves? By Jove, you seem to have done it well. If anyone were to ridicule any belief of the Bishop’s, would he not blandly shrug his shoulders & be inexpressibly shocked?

I am very very sorry to hear that you are not well; but am not surprised after all your self-imposed labour: I hope you will soon have an outing; & that will do you real good.—

I am glad to hear about J. Lubbock, whom I hope to see soon, & shall tell him what you have said.3 Have you read Hopkins in last Fraser4—well put, in good spirit, except soul-discussion, bad, as I have told him.— —nothing actually new—takes the weak points alone, & leaves out all other considerations—

I heard from Asa Gray yesterday;5 he goes on fighting like a Trojan

God Bless you—   get well, be idle & always, reverence a Bishop.—

Ever yours most truly | C. Darwin


CD took the water-cure at Sudbrook Park from 28 June to 7 July 1860 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
Huxley’s letter has not been found.
See preceding letter and n. 3.
Hopkins 1860. CD’s letter to William Hopkins has not been found.
Asa Gray’s letter has not been found.


Hopkins, William. 1860. Physical theories of the phenomena of life. Fraser’s Magazine 61: 739–52; 62: 74–90.


THH’s long account of Oxford meeting. Has he no reverence for a bishop?

W. Hopkins’ review in Fraser’s Magazine is nothing new.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley
Sent from
Sudbrook Park
Source of text
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 123)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2861,” accessed on 23 September 2021,

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