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Darwin Correspondence Project

To T. H. Huxley   3 July [1863]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

July 3d.

My dear Huxley

Very sincere thanks for your long letter.2 I grieve that you are so fearfully hard worked. If Mr Flower will look at specimen, I shall be particularly obliged; pray tell him so.—3 I send by this post the specimen in a Box.— Please tell Mr F. that the cleaned rudiment is in separate parcel of tin-foil within the larger: he must be careful in opening, as it is not bigger than pin’s head. Just call his attention to points on which I am utterly ignorant.— viz whether this transparent (it was transparent before spirits) cartilage has character of embryonic bone?—what are little irregular embedded objects?—& whether the transverse dark lines can represent articulation? I rather fancy whole case will break down.—

With hearty thanks & hopes that you may get the thick of your work over | Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from T. H. Huxley, 2 July 1863.


Will be obliged if Flower examines specimens. States questions he wants answered.

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: 229)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4232,” accessed on 6 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11