Walter White [Asst.-Sec. and Librarian, Royal Society] has introduced EC to Richard Kippist of the Linnean Society, who has made little progress toward accepting Origin.
13 Sept '62—
My dear Sir.
As we are making our annual sojourn with my mother I should
certainly have availed myself of the opportunity of paying my respects to you but learn
with regret that M
I am greatly luxuriating in the simple luxury of having nothing to do— Last session was a very laborious one for me and I felt regularly done up without having anything the matter with me—but having been to Frant near Tunbridge W<ells> < > Hastings I feel like a giant refreshed— How glad I should be to hear you give the same account of yourself— I fear the amount of sickness you & your family have suffered the last few months can have left you but little time for work—but trust you are now able to resume your pen.
I have long been looking for your memoir on Drosera— Walter White has recently introduced me to your Linnæan
Secretary— how is it he has advanced so little
towards the Origin of Species? I should have thought you & D
Pray tell M
Yours very truly | E Cresy—
Charles Darwin Esq—
- f1 3719.f1Eliza Cresy lived at Riverhead, near Sevenoaks, Kent, about seven miles south-east of Down (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1862). Edward Cresy had stayed with CD in September 1860, on his way home to Ham Moor, Surrey, from his mother's house (see Correspondence vol. 8, letter to Edward Cresy, 25 August , and `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II)), and had visited CD again on 30 August 1861 (see Correspondence vol. 9, `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II)).
- f2 3719.f2Emma Darwin became ill with scarlet fever on 13 August 1862 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).
- f3 3719.f3The reference is probably to CD's fourth son, Leonard Darwin, who had been ill with scarlet fever since June 1862. See letter to H. C. Watson, 8 [August 1862], and letter to A. R. Wallace, 20 August .
- f4 3719.f4Cresy was principal assistant clerk at the Metropolitan Board of Works.
- f5 3719.f5At the time of Cresy's visit to Down House in September 1860, CD had been observing the response of the insectivorous plant Drosera rotundifolia to various substances (see Correspondence vol. 8, letters to Daniel Oliver, 11 September  and 15 [September 1860]). Cresy assisted CD's research by putting him in contact with the organic chemist, August Wilhelm von Hofmann (see ibid., letters from A. W. von Hofmann to Edward Cresy, 13 October 1860 and 27 October 1860, and letter from Edward Cresy, 30 October 1860). Although CD reported his preliminary results at a meeting of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society of London on 21 February 1861, he postponed undertaking experiments to confirm his results (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter to Daniel Oliver, 11 September , and Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV). CD carried out further experiments in September 1862 (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 26 September ); however, his work on this subject was not published until 1875 (Insectivorous plants).
- f6 3719.f6Walter White was librarian and an assistant secretary at the Royal Society of London (DNB). The botanical and zoological secretaries at the Linnean Society of London were, respectively, Frederick Currey and George Busk; however, Cresy apparently refers to the society's librarian, Richard Kippist, who performed some administrative duties (see, for example, List of the Linnean Society of London 1862). See also letter to Edward Cresy, 15 September .
- f7 3719.f7Joseph Dalton Hooker.
- f8 3719.f8Cresy refers to Henrietta Emma Darwin, who was seriously ill when Cresy visited Down House in September 1860 (see Correspondence vol. 8, `Journal' (Correspondence, vol. 10, Appendix II)); when Cresy visited in August 1861, Henrietta's condition was improved (see Correspondence vol. 9, `Journal' (Correspondence, vol. 10, Appendix II), and letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 August  and n. 6).