RECORD: Darwin, George Howard to Huxley, Thomas Henry [January 1874] [GHD inviting THH to Séance] CUL-DAR154.124. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 3.2021. RN1

NOTE: Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.


G. H. Darwin to Professor T. H. Huxley

Down Beckenham


Dear Professor Huxley,

The séance is fixed for Tuesday next at 2 o’clk at my uncle Hensleigh Wedgewood’s house 31 Queen Anne Street. As you wish to keep your name secret I suggest that we should call you Mr Henry – for I believe T. H. stands for T. Henry. My uncle knows that this is to be your name –if it will suit you –and so you had perhaps better give that name to the servant in case Williams should have arrived before you. I hope we shall see something and still more that we may discover the imposture if any. My mother cleverly suggests that the touch on my hand apparently with a small finger was done by William’s nose!

Believe me

Yours very sincerely

G. H. Darwin


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