Book finished some two weeks.
Feeling much better at Ilkley.
Lyell thinks favourably of book but "staggered" at lengths to which CD goes.
Which continental botanists should receive presentation copies?
Wells Terrace | Ilkley | Otley | Yorkshire
My dear Hooker
Be a good man & screw out time enough to write me a note & tell me a little about yourself your doings & belongings. Is your Introduction fairly finished? I know that you will abuse it, & I know well how much I shall like it.
I have been here nearly a fortnight, & it has done me very much good; though I sprained my ancle last Sunday, which has quite stopped walking. All my family come here on Monday to stop 3 or 4 weeks & then I shall go back to the great Establishment & stay a fortnight; so that if I can keep up my spirits I shall stay 8 weeks here & thus give Hydropathy a fair chance. Before starting here I was in an awful state of stomach strength, temper & spirits.
My Book has been completely finished some little time; as soon as copies are ready of course one will be sent you. I hope you will mark your copy with scores so that I may profit by any criticisms. I shd
You cannot think how refreshing it is to idle away whole day, & hardly ever think in the least about my confounded Book, which half killed me. I much wish I could hear of your taking a real rest. I know how very strong you are mentally, but I never will believe that you can go on working as you have worked of late, with impunity. You will some day, stretch the string too tight.
Farewell my good & kind & dear friend. Yours affecty | C. Darwin
Pray give my very kind remembrances to Mrs
If I could keep at home like I feel here, I shd be a man again; & should so enjoy a little society of my friends.—
- f1 2504.f1Hooker 1859.
- f2 2504.f2See letter to W. E. Darwin, [14 October 1859].
- f3 2504.f3CD recorded that he ‘Finished proofs’ of Origin on 1 October 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
- f4 2504.f4Only one of Charles Lyell's letters has been found. See letter from Charles Lyell, 3 October 1859.
- f5 2504.f5CD had asked in the letter to Charles Lyell, 25 September , for Lyell's opinion of his discussion of geographical distribution.
- f6 2504.f6The French botanist Joseph Decaisne was a friend of Hooker's who had adopted Hooker's views on the great variability of species (Correspondence vol. 6, letter from J. D. Hooker, [6 December 1857]). It appears that CD did send him a copy of Origin. See letters to J. D. Hooker, 21 [December 1859], 23 [December 1859], and 25 [December 1859].
- f7 2504.f7Nils Johan Andersson, a Swedish botanist who had worked with Hooker at Kew, had helped CD in the past (see Correspondence vol. 6, letters to J. D. Hooker, 22 August  and 11 September ). It is not known whether CD sent him a presentation copy, but see letter to J. D. Hooker,[23 October 1859].