Describes how the offer of C.B. was made. He declined a knighthood. Murchison and Lyell are trying to get him made Knight Commander of the Star of India, but he does not think there is a chance. The Duke [of Argyll?] might do it, but does not like Hooker's Darwinism. Next Presidency of Royal Society discussed: all (Brodie, the X Club botanists, et al.) are agreed on Lyell. Everyone is disappointed with Nature. What did Darwin think of "Huxley's rhapsody on Goethe's ditto" [Nature 1 (1869): 9–11]?
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