[Thomas Henry Huxley ('Darwin's Bulldog') praises Sir Max Müller as a 'powerful [...] ally'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T H Huxley') from Huxley to Sir Max Müller, regarding their work on ethnology and phonology.

Author: 
T. H. Huxley [Thomas Henry Huxley] (1825-1895), biologist, friend and supporter of Charles Darwin [Max Müller [Friedrich Max Müller] (1823-1900), Anglo-German philologist and Orientalist]
Publication details: 
Jermyn Street [London], on letterhead of the Museum of Practical Geology. 15 June [1865].
£220.00
SKU: 21435

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged, with strip of stub from mount adhering. Folded twice. Referring to his series of essays 'On the Methods and Results of Ethnology' (1865), he asks Müller to accept 'the numbers of the “Fortnightly Review” containing my article on Ethnology'. He continues: 'I lost no time on Monday in referring to “Christianity & Mankind' and the perusal of your chapter on Ethnology v. Phonology – leads me profoundly to regret that I had not been able to avail myself, of the aid of so powerful an ally'. He hopes that if Müller will 'continue to pull one way', while he himself pulls 'the other', they will 'be able to get Ethnology & Phonology apart in time'. The letter was published in Müller's wife's edition of his correspondence in 1902. From the distinguished autograph collection of Richard Hunter, son of Ida Macalpine, whose collection of 7000 books relating to psychiatry is in Cambridge University Library. Macalpine and Hunter had a particular interest in the illness of King George III, and their book 'George III and the Mad Business' (1969) suggested the diagnosis of porphyria popularised by Alan Bennett in his play 'The Madness of George III'.