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To John Tyndall   18 April [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 18th

My dear Tyndall

I write a line to say that the total amounts to 1955£, Lubbock having given 200£. This will be paid in tomorrow & I will write tomorrow. Huxley does not return till Saturday or Monday night.— I tremble about his answer.—2 When I definitely hear, I will send a “private Circular” to the 18 subscribers, telling the total amount sent with no other details, & answer, either in extenso or in abstract, according to its nature. Whatever H. may think (& I quite agree with what you say in your note), it is a pleasure to think what a relief it will be to Mrs. H.3

My dear Tyndall | Ever yours most truly | Ch Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Tyndall, 16 April 1873.
See letter from John Tyndall, 16 April 1873 and n. 2. John Lubbock’s bank, Robarts, Lubbock & Co., was handling the money raised for the subscription for Thomas Henry Huxley. See also letter to T. H. Huxley, 23 April 1873. Huxley was in Aberdeen (letter from T. H. Huxley to Michael Foster, 22 April 1873 (Dawson 1946, p. 51, no. 61)).
CD evidently worried about how to present the news to Huxley that a group of friends had raised money for him. Huxley’s wife was Henrietta Anne Huxley. See also letter to subscribers to T. H. Huxley’s gift, [25 April 1873].


Dawson, Warren R. 1946. The Huxley papers. A descriptive catalogue of the correspondence, manuscripts and miscellaneous papers of the Rt Hon. Thomas Henry Huxley, PC, DCL, FRS, preserved in the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. London: Macmillan for the Imperial College of Science and Technology.


The Huxley fund amounts to £1955. CD trembles about THH’s answer.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Tyndall
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Source of text
DAR 261.8: 15 (EH 88205953)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8867,” accessed on 30 July 2021,

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