CD's health and his father's death have delayed his answer. Describes J. M. Gully's water-cure.
JDH's Galapagos papers [Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 20 (1851): 163–233] have excellent discussion of geographical distribution, but why no general treatment of affinities?
CD's views on clay-slate laminae.
Turmoil in Royal Society between naturalists and physicists.
Down Farnborough Kent (The Lodge Malvern.)
March 28th /49
My dear Hooker
Your letter of the 13th of October has remained unanswered till this
day! What an ungrateful return for a letter which interested me so much, & which
contained so much & curious information. But I have had a bad winter. On the
13th of November my poor dear Father died & no one, who did not
know him, would believe that a man above 83 years old, could have retained so
tender & affectionate a disposition, with all his sagacity unclouded to the
last. I was at the time so unwell that I was unable to travel which added to my misery.
Indeed all this winter I have been bad enough, with dreadful vomiting every week,
& my nervous system began to be affected, so that my hands trembled &
head was often swimming. I was not able to do anything one day out of three, &
was altogether too dispirited to write to you or to do anything but what I was
compelled.— I thought I was rapidly going the way of all flesh. Having heard,
accidentally, of two persons who had received much benefit from the Water Cure, I got
I was uncommonly interested by the sketch you give of your intended grand expedition,
from which I suppose you will soon be returning. How earnestly I hope that it may prove
in every way successful. I received from your Father a few weeks ago your Galapagos
papers & I have read them since being here. I really
cannot express too strongly my admiration of the geographical discussion: to my judgment
it is a perfect model what such a paper shd be: it took me four days to
read & think over. How interesting the Flora of the Sandwich islands appears to
be, how I wish there were materials for you to treat its
flora, as you have done the Galapagos. In the Systematic paper I was rather disappointed
in not finding general remarks on affinities, structure &c, such as you often
give in conversation & such as Decandolle & St. Hilaire, introduce in almost all their papers & which make them
interesting even to a non-Botanist. I have not yet succeeded in borrowing the vol. with
your Coal Paper, & I grudged buying the whole volume;
but I will & must get it, for as you know, there is no subject which interests
me more than that inexplicable Coal Problem.— I have received
Mr Hodgson's excellent pamphlets,
& have forwarded them to Waterhouse & will write to Mr
H. in a few days.— What a good fellow you were to take so much
trouble in giving me so much information from H. on the crossing of animals
&c. effect of climate. &c.— I shall be very curious sometime
to read your observations on the fruit-trees of Europe.— Many thanks also for
your news about poor dear old Falconer: I do hope he will not have any more illness:
when you write remember me most kindly to him.— I see that you have been
attending to the Geology of the mountains; I quite agree that the gneiss &
mica-slate districts are the dullest of all. I believe that what you call strata are not
really so, but analogous to the laminæ of clay-slate. I have developed this
view in my Geolog. vol. of S. America, & it
is held by some excellent continental geologists, though not adopted in England: Dan
Sharpe, however, since I published this view maintains that it is correct. I wd
I have really no news to tell you, for I was in London only once all this winter
& have seen no one for an age. I have heard nothing of the Henslows, but in that
quarter you will have full information. Sir Ch. Lyell is flourishing as President: he got Sir R. Peel & the Archbishop of
Canterbury to attend the Anniversary Geolog Dinner.— I have not even seen Mrs
Your affectionate friend | C. Darwin
- f1 1236.f1Gully 1846. CD did not otherwise record having read this book, but in letter from Emma Darwin to W. D. Fox, [6 March 1849], this is inferred.
- f2 1236.f2James Manby Gully introduced the ‘lamp bath’ into hydropathic practice. Prior to this, the ‘blanket sweat’, in which the patient was wrapped in blankets and an eiderdown, was the process for inducing perspiration. The lamp bath was a much quicker process (Metcalfe 1906, p. 73).
- f3 1236.f3J. D. Hooker 1851a and 1851b, the preprinted copies of which are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection– CUL. Bound with these papers are five pages of notes by CD, dated March 1849. His copy of ‘On the vegetation of the Galapagos archipelago’ (J. D. Hooker 1851b) is also heavily annotated.
- f4 1236.f4‘It [the Galápagos archipelago] possesses the further singularity of containing a Flora differing by upwards of one-half its species from that of the rest of the globe, a peculiarity shared by no other tract of land of equal size, excepting perhaps the Sandwich group’ (J. D. Hooker 1851b, p. 235).
- f5 1236.f5Augustin Pyramus de Candolle and Auguste de Saint-Hilaire. CD's abstracts of papers by both botanists are in DAR 73.
- f6 1236.f6J. D. Hooker 1848a.
- f7 1236.f7See letter to Maria Hooker, [17 December 1848].
- f8 1236.f8CD refers to his theory that the foliation found in gneiss and other metamorphic rocks was related to cleavage and distinct from stratification. See letter to Charles Lyell, [on or before 20 January 1847], n. 2.
- f9 1236.f9Sharpe 1847.
- f10 1236.f10No such paper has been found. At this time there was considerable debate among agricultural chemists as to whether the usual method of burning organic specimens to leave inorganic ash for analysis gave a true measure of the inorganic material contained in the organic substance (see, for example, Way and Ogston 1849, pp. 152–74). The breakdown and dissipation of certain compounds, including the volatilisation of potassium chloride, as a result of the heat of incineration had been identified as a possible source of error. CD had probably read a report of experiments on this problem, but his source has not been identified.
- f11 1236.f11Charles Lyell was elected president of the Geological Society (for the second time) on 16 February 1849.
- f12 1236.f12Robert Peel and John Bird Sumner. In a letter to George Ticknor (K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 154–5, dated 7 February 1849 but probably a mistake for 17 February, which was the day after the anniversary meeting) Lyell wrote:
I have been very busy with my inauguration dinner as President of the Geological Society, and succeeded in getting the Archbishop of Canterbury (Dr. Sumner, author of “Records of Creation”, a geologico-theological work), Sir Robert Peel, Van der Weyer, and a great many M.P.'s and notabilities to come, so that the speaking is allowed to be the most brilliant we ever had at any anniversary. Sedgwick spoke most eloquently, and Peel; and the Archbishop made a straightforward and manly speech.
- f13 1236.f13An allusion to the controversial election of Thomas Bell to the position of secretary of the Royal Society. Although Bell had been rejected by the council as a nominee, his name nevertheless appeared on the ballot paper. He obtained more votes than the official candidate, the physicist William Robert Grove, and was duly elected (M. B. Hall 1984, pp. 90–1).’