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Record number: WCP1512

Sent by:
Thomas Henry Huxley
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
29 June 

Sent by Thomas Henry Huxley, [address not recorded] to Alfred Russel Wallace [address not recorded] on 29 June .

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1512.1291)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/9/12
Copyright owner:
ŠImperial College London

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My dear Wallace

I could not understand what had become of you & it is so early in the year that the thought of your having gone abroad had not occured to me.

I would [MS illeg.] much to drin [sic] with mr <Carl?>1 [MS illeg.] <as?> <one?> of the principal <reasons?> [[2]] <concerned?> <with?> [3 words illeg.] was with me.

I am afraid more complications may have arisen, [MS illeg.] consequences of my being unable to communicate with you, [MS crossed out] the name of [2 words illeg.] [[3]] [MS illeg.] was mentioned:-- <but?> I [2 words illeg.] to [3 wrods illeg.] at once, so [3 words illeg.] <them?> to put themselves in communication with you.

I was down by [MS illeg.] & [3 words illeg.] crawl this [[4]] much. The [MS illeg.] & [6 words illeg.] all the better <you?> getting away

[2 words illeg.] | T.H.Huxley2 [signature]

[3 words illeg.]


p. 261

As a lad of 16 I could hear the chirping of grasshoppers & at 26 being slightly deaf, in the valley of [MS illeg.] near [MS illeg.] with my father i was quite bothered with the noise in the grass whilst my father heard nothing! Now (62) being very deaf all high and <unclear?> notes seem much alike to me [MS illeg.] I [MS illeg.] cricket <nor?> grasshopper.


[MS illeg.]



p. 271.

I, aged 62, very deaf, but far more in left than right ear, have almost lost the power of vocalising (i.e. knowing the direction whence it comes) sound.

(See [MS illeg.] note on p. 269)

T.H.H. [signature]


Found in Ll Morgan's4 "Animal Life & Intelligence."5


1. No biographical information available.

2. Huxley, Thomas Henry. (1825-1895). English biologist. Strong Darwing advocate.

3. Pages 5 and on are written by Huxley, but are on a different paper and were possibly written at a different time.

4. Morgan, Conwy Lloyd. (1852-1936). British ethologist and psychologist.

5. Animal life and Intelligence. Written by Conwy Lloyd Morgan. Published in 1891.

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