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From John Tyndall   9 April [1873]1

Royal Institution of Great Britain

9th April

My dear Darwin

You have stolen a march upon me, but I am content. Our excellent friend Spottiswoode & his sweet wife were here yesterday.2 I told him all about our meeting & that we had made a shot at him for £100— He was delighted. It was a capital stroke of work yesterday: and I feel more and more confident, considering the perfectly brotherly spirit of the transaction that Huxley will raise no permanent objection to it.3

I wrote to Armstrong4 yesterday.

I also saw Bence Jones.5 He gave me (without asking) a cheque for fifty pounds | Yours ever | John Tyndall

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘Hooker | [Leonard | Chester]pencil circled pencil


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Tyndall, 8 April [1873].
See letter to John Tyndall, 8 April [1873]. Tyndall refers to William and Eliza Taylor Spottiswoode.
The subscription for Thomas Henry Huxley was raised among personal friends only (see letter to William Spottiswoode, [8 April 1873].
William George Armstrong.
Henry Bence Jones.


Is convinced that the "brotherly spirit of the transaction" will cause Huxley not to raise objections.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Tyndall
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Royal Institution
Source of text
DAR 106: C11
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8852,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

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