His book [Origin] is nearly done. Is not so silly as to expect to convert WDF. Lyell is wavering; Hooker has come round.
Asks WDF to find out if a cross between differently coloured horses produces a dun.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Fox
I was very glad to get your letter a few days ago. I was wishing to hear about you, but have been in such an absorbed, slavish, overworked state, that I had not heart without compulsion to write to anyone or do anything, beyond my daily work.— Though your account of yourself is better, I cannot think it all satisfactory, & I wish you could soon go to Malvern again.— My Father used to believe largely in an old saying that if a man grew thinner between 50 & 60 years of age his chance of long life was poor, & that on the contrary it was a very good sign if he grew fatter; so that your stoutness, I look at as very good omen.—
My health has been as bad as it well could be all this summer; & I have kept on
my legs, only by going at short intervals to Moor Park; but I have been better lately,
& thank Heavens, I have at last as good as done my Book, having only the index
& two or three Revises to do.— It will be published in
So much for my abominable volume, which has cost me so much labour that I almost hate it.—
On October 3
My eldest two Boys give me in every way much satisfaction.
Farewell my dear old friend. I truly hope that you will steadily get stronger. I
Remember if ever you can find out whether a cross between any two coloured horses
produces a dun, I sh
- f1 2493.f1CD and Fox discussed the benefits of hydropathy and the treatment offered at James Manby Gully's establishment in Malvern at length in 1849. See Correspondence vol. 4. They had both undergone treatment there.
- f2 2493.f2Robert Waring Darwin weighed 24 stone (336 pounds) at his death, aged 82, in 1848 (LL 1: 11–12).
- f3 2493.f3See letters to Charles Lyell, 2 September  and 20 September .
- f4 2493.f4CD refers to Joseph Dalton Hooker's essay on the Australian flora (Hooker 1859).
- f5 2493.f5CD had asked Fox to look out for such a case in the letter to W. D. Fox, 8 May .