Attacks [on Origin] are "hot and heavy". Adam Sedgwick and William Clark at Cambridge Philosophical Society opened a battery. J. S. Henslow defended in grand style.
Slow progress on bigger book.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Fox
It was very kind of you to take so much trouble about the curious dog; but unless one is on the spot it is hopelessly difficult to understand the amount & origin of difference. The dog, however, must be a most curious creature.— I am glad to hear of a naturalist taking up so difficult & neglected a subject as spiders.—
If I have time & if in London moderately soon, I will look at the
deer-Hybrid— But the fact is, if it appeared ever so intermediate I
You will be sorry to hear that our eldest girl, Etty, has now been 3 weeks ill with odd fever, partly remittent partly typhoid; but I have great hopes we see signs of abatement. It has harassed us much, though not exactly frightened us. At one time, however, the Doctors seemed rather anxious.— But I think it must end soon.— What a household you must have had with seven with Hooping Cough!
My health has been better of late, which I am inclined to attribute to mineral acids, no sugar, & drinking wine.—
I do not know whether you ever see various Reviews, but the attacks have been falling
thick & heavy on my now case-hardened hide.— Sedgwick
& Clarke opened regular battery on me lately at Cambridge Phil.
My dear old friend, | Yours affect | C. Darwin
- f1 2809.f1See letter to W. D. Fox, 22 [March 1860].
- f2 2809.f2Henrietta Emma Darwin had been diagnosed as having `a form of Typhus fever' (letter to J. D. Hooker, 11 May ).
- f3 2809.f3For a description of CD's new dietary regimen, see the letter to W. D. Fox, 22 [March 1860].
- f4 2809.f4See letter from J. S. Henslow to J. D. Hooker, 10 May 1860.