MY HOME CRITIC Nellie Flexner deserves special credit for reading reams of manuscript and improving the flow of the text. Jim Moore was always on call. He also read a large portion of the book and happily answered my telephone queries about blasphemy trials or Bishop Wilberforce's grandmother. While Bernie Lightman kindly commented on the 'Afterword' and sections dealing with Huxley's agnosticism.
I owe a great debt to Huxley's great granddaughter Angela Darwin, who is currently transcribing Henrietta Huxley's letters to T.H.'s sister in Tennessee. These frank family letters are an invaluable resource. Angela fed me transcriptions and braced herself for questions of the kind: 'Did Henrietta allude to the socialist mob attacking Huxley's bus in 1886?' 'Why did she change vicars?' 'Did she mention Oscar Wilde turning up one night?' (Imagine the stir caused by this velveteen embodiment of the new Hedonism, whose salvation by sin was a snub to Huxley's rational Puritanism.) The queries went on, I am afraid, but Angela was very understanding.
My main research centred on the 5,000 Huxley letters in the Archives of Imperial College, London. Anne Barrett's help here went beyond the call of duty as she supplied information and esoteric articles. I actually used a splendid microfilm of these letters, supplied by Research Publications Ltd, PO Box 45, Reading RGI 8HF, UK. These fifty-four reels allowed me to trawl through Huxley's daily correspondence in the wee hours and gain an intimacy which could not otherwise have been attained. I am grateful to Cristina Ashby at Research Publications for her generosity.
Not that it is exactly easy to decipher Huxley's scrawl. His handwriting is notorious among scholars. When he was in a rush (which was always), it resembled one of his drunken crayfish which had fallen into the