RECORD: Darwin, George Howard to Huxley, Thomas Henry [Séance – secrecy] CUL-DAR154.125. 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




Dear Professor Huxley,

I just write a line to ask you whether you wish your incognito at the Séance kept up, when I speak of it to my friends. Would you write me yes or no on the enclosed post-card? My father was delighted at my report and so am I beyond measure. It has given me a lesson with respect to the worthlessness of evidence which I shall always remember – and besides will make me very diffident in trusting myself. Unless I had seen it I could not have believed in the evidence of anyone with such perfect bona fides as my uncle, being so worthless.


Believe me

Yours very sincerely

G. H. Darwin


Thank you for your account, wh. has just come – to what extent is it private – May I shew it to Francis Galton, Lord Rayleigh – or any of my friends or relations?



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