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To T. H. Huxley   18 December [1862]

Summary

Enthusiastic about Lectures IV and V [Lectures to working men (1863)].

Sends specific comments on fantail pigeon,

sterility of hybrids,

the geological section diagram.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  18 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 186)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3866

To T. H. Huxley   28 December [1862]

Summary

Returns Kingsley’s letter [see ML 1: 225 n.].

Lectures [to working men] would do good if widely circulated.

On sterility, they differ so much there is no use arguing. To get the degree of sterility THH expects in recently formed varieties seems to CD simply hopeless. Has suggested a test experiment to Tegetmeier [two fertile birds paired and unproductive].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  28 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 189, 19: 209–12)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3878

To T. H. Huxley   14 [January 1862]

Summary

On success of THH’s Edinburgh lectures.

Agrees that THH is right that the hybrid question is a "hiatus" [in the argument for natural selection] but he overrates it. Crossed varieties frequently produce sterile offspring. On this question asks THH to read his Primula paper [Collected papers 2: 45–63]. CD suspects sterility will come to be viewed as a selected character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  14 [Jan 1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 167)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3386

To T. H. Huxley   22 January [1862]

Summary

Much amused at the Witness.

Pleased at what THH says on hybridity.

Odd that objectors never allude to the arguments that alone have weight in their favour – affinities, rudimentary organs, etc.

Has 16 ill in the house!

Natural History Review a capital number.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  22 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 252)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3403

To T. H. Huxley   2 February [1862]

Summary

Returns a letter, which, when it is published, he believes will make readers take up THH’s lectures in a more impartial spirit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  2 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 223
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3436

To T. H. Huxley   6 February [1862]

Summary

Returns "The Week" [unidentified].

Agrees with THH’s published letter that writer is a man of excellent spirit, but doubts he is a good logician.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  6 Feb [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3438

To T. H. Huxley   30 April [1862]

Summary

Thinks THH’s [Anniversary] Address [to Geological Society, Feb 1862, Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 18 (1862): xl–liv] a wonderful condensed and original summary of palaeontology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  30 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  Paul C. Richards Autographs (catalogue 183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3522

To T. H. Huxley   10 May [1862]

Summary

Nearly agrees on contemporaneity, but THH pushes his ideas too far. Would require strong evidence before believing that the so-called Silurian, Devonian, and Carboniferous strata could be contemporaneous. Thinks THH’s case on advancement of organisation is strong. But he should read Bronn, before publishing again, and say more on other side. Cannot help hoping he is not as right as he seems to be.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  10 May [1862]
Classmark:  Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 171)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3542

To T. H. Huxley   7 December [1862]

Summary

On THH’s Lectures to working men.

Work by Ferdinand J. Cohn on the contractile tissue of plants ["Über contractile Gewebe im Pflanzenreich" Abh. Schlesischen Ges. Vaterl. Cult. 1 (1861)] seems important. CD has come to the conclusion that there must be some substance in plants analogous to the supposed diffused nervous matter in lower animals.

[Part of P.S. missing from original.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Date:  7 Dec [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 145: 227, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 179)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3848

From Thomas Henry Huxley   13 January 1862

Summary

Against all predictions his Edinburgh lecture was well received [Evidence as to man’s place in nature (1863)].

Took his old line about problem of infertility of hybrids as a test of CD’s views.

Report [from a newspaper] not quite right about what he said, but they have not refuted his statement that some form of progressive development theory is certainly true, nor that man and the apes come from same stock. Owen has gone in for progressive development in second edition of the Palaeontology [1861].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3383

From T. H. Huxley   20 January 1862

Summary

The Witness attacks THH’s lecture.

Assures CD he spoke more favourably of his doctrines than the reports show.

Agrees with CD’s arguments on sterility of hybrids and predicts physiological experiments will produce physiological species sterile inter se. Has come even closer to CD’s view especially since Primula paper. Will soon be more Darwinian than CD.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3396

From T. H. Huxley   6 May 1862

Summary

Glad to receive CD’s pat on back for address.

Wants to know what CD thinks of the argument on geological contemporaneity.

On his poor health.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 293
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3535

From T. H. Huxley   9 October 1862

Summary

The BAAS meeting at Cambridge was exhausting.

Owen came to attack him but was beaten; his paper fell flat.

A "society for propagation of common honesty in all parts of the world" was established at Cambridge [THH’s "Thorough Club"?].

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 294
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3755

From T. H. Huxley   10 October [1862]

Summary

Thanks for a contribution ["On the so-called ""auditory-sac"" of cirripedes", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1863): 115–16; Collected papers 2: 85–7]. Is sending a proof.

This year’s lecture to working men to be devoted to CD’s book.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 295
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3756

From T. H. Huxley   2 December 1862

Summary

Sends first three of his Lectures to working men [on our knowledge of the phenomena of organic nature (1863)]. Does not intend them to be widely circulated.

Author:  Thomas Henry Huxley
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Dec 1862
Classmark:  DAR 166.2: 296
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3841
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