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Darwin Correspondence Project

From T. H. Huxley   17 March 1869

Geological Survey of England & Wales

My dear Darwin

After I had sent my letter to you the other day I thought how stupid I had been not to put in a slip of paper to say it was meant for Lushington’s edification.1

I made sure you would understand that I wished it to be sent on & wrote it (standing on the points of my toes & with my tail up very stiff with that end in view2 [DIAG HERE]

I am getting so weary of people writing to propose controversy to me upon one point or other, that I begin to wish the article had never been written   The fighting in itself is not particularly objectionable but its the wasting time

I begin to understand your sufferings over the ‘Origin’—3 A good book is comparable to a piece of meat & fools are as flies, who swarm to it, each for the purpose of depositing & hatching his own particular maggot of an idea

Ever yours | T. H. Huxley

March 17. 1869


Huxley refers to Vernon Lushington. See letter from T. H. Huxley, 11 March 1869.
CD wrote his own letter to Lushington rather than simply passing on Huxley’s letter of 11 March 1869 (see letter to Vernon Lushington, [12 March 1869], and letter to T. H. Huxley, 12 March [1869]).


Last letter was written to be passed on for Lushington’s edification. "(Standing on the points of my toes and my tail very stiff)." Is tiring of controversy as a waste of time. Begins to understand CD’s sufferings over Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Geological Survey
Source of text
DAR 166: 318
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6665,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17