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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley    20 March [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

March 20th

My dear Huxley

Hooker comes here on Thursday April 5th & stays till Monday2    Will you come with him; it would give me great pleasure if you will.

Mrs. Darwin desires me to say how happy we should be if you could persuade Mrs. Huxley to come also. I believe our Trains change on April 1st. & I will let Hooker know on 1st or 2d & he will inform you, if I hear that you can come. I hope to be able to send my carriage to Bromley to meet you.—   Supposing that you are much engaged & cannot spare time would you come down on Saturday & spend the Sunday with us.—

Do come on Thursday if you conveniently can

Ever most truly yours | C. Darwin

Perhaps you would bring my M.S. Skulls Drawings & Book with you.—3

I am so poor a devil that you must make up your mind to be dull here.—


The year is given by the invitation to stay at Down. Emma Darwin’s diary records that ‘Mr & Mrs Huxley’ came on 7 April 1860.
See preceding letter.
CD had lent Huxley notes and other material to use in the preparation of his lecture at the Royal Institution on 10 February 1860 (T. H. Huxley 1860a). See Correspondence vol. 7, letters to T. H. Huxley, 25 November [1859], 13 December [1859], and 16 December [1859].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Invites THH to join Hooker at Down on 5 April.

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: 160)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3093,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

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