HUXLEY, Thomas Henry (1825-1895). Man of science.
Autograph Letter Signed to Dr J H Gladstone, 3 pages 8vo, on embossed blue writing-paper of the Athenaeum, 11 May 1888. Soliciting Gladstone's assistance for Colonel Donnelly in the forthcoming 'ballot' (i.e. election to the Club), as he himself is unable to attend.
'... I trust I may commend him to you on account of the great things he has done for elementary ... education. ...'Possibly to John Hall Gladstone (1827-1902), physician and chemist, Fellow of the Royal Institution and author of the biography of Faraday.
Sir John Fretcheville Dykes Donnelly (1834-1902), to whom the letter probably refers, was elected to the Athenaeum in 1888. He had, however, retired with the honorary rank of major-general in the previous December. Perhaps Huxley remembered him well by his old rank.
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