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From John Tyndall   8 April [1873]1

Royal Institution of Great Britain

8th April

My dear Darwin.

I drove to Spottiswoodes2 yesterday but he was not at home: then I drove to the Athenæum & I caught Spencer whom I know to be a dissipated individual & a billiard player—during the afternoon.3 I thought it well to secure his presence today; and he therefore like myself will be with you at about half past one oClock.4

Yours ever | John Tyndall


The year is established by the reference to a meeting that took place on 8 April 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), letter to William Spottiswoode, [8 April 1873]).
William Spottiswoode.
Herbert Spencer was a member of the Athenaeum Club from 1868 (Waugh [1888]).
Several friends of Thomas Henry Huxley, including CD, met on 8 April 1873 to discuss a plan to raise a subscription to help him out of financial difficulties (see letter to William Spottiswoode, [8 April 1873]).


Waugh, Francis Gledstanes. [1888.] Members of the Athenæum Club, 1824 to 1887. N.p.: privately printed.


William Spottiswoode was not at home, but JT sought out Herbert Spencer. Spencer will come with JT to see CD [about the Huxley fund].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Tyndall
Charles Robert Darwin
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Royal Institution
Source of text
DAR 106: C10
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8849,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21