Thanks GB for proposing him for Copley Medal; suspects he is responsible for the praise in Sabine's "splendid eulogy" on his work. Has, however, written to Sabine to say he would have liked a little more said about the Origin.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Busk
I thank you sincerely for your most kind letter which I should have answered at once but I have been more unwell than usual for the last few days.
I did not know before receiving your note that I was indebted to you for proposing me for the Copley medal. I have just seen in the Reader Sabine's splendid eulogium on my work in Nat. History; I do not know who helped him but strongly suspect that I owe a good deal of the praise to you—
You will remember that you were so kind as to advise me a year & a half ago about my incessant sickness. I have got over this, but still keep very weak & fear I shall ever remain so.
Believe me my dear Busk with cordial thanks for your kindness | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. I do not know whether it is improper, but I have written to Sabine to
express the pleasure which his eulogium has given me, but I added that I
- f1 4696.f1The year is established by the reference to the Copley Medal and to the letter from George Busk, 1 December 1864.
- f2 4696.f2Letter from George Busk, 1 December 1864.
- f3 4696.f3Busk nominated CD for the Copley Medal at the meeting of the Royal Society of London on 23 June 1864; Hugh Falconer seconded the nomination (Royal Society, Council minutes, 23 June 1864).
- f4 4696.f4CD refers to the version of Edward Sabine's anniversary address to the Royal Society printed in the Reader, 3 December 1864, pp. 708--9 (see letter from Hugh Falconer, 2 December 1864 and nn. 1--3).
- f5 4696.f5No record of any contribution by Busk to Sabine's address has been found. See letter from T. H. Huxley to J. D. Hooker, 3 December 1864, n. 5.
- f6 4696.f6See Correspondence vol. 11, letter from George Busk, [c. 27 August 1863]. Busk diagnosed that CD was suffering from the stomach ailment water-brash. He prescribed various treatments, and advised CD to consult a specialist.
- f7 4696.f7CD had been in poor health during the second half of 1863 and the early months of 1864 (see letter to Asa Gray, 25 February  and n. 2, letter to J. D. Hooker, [15 May 1864], and letter from W. D. Fox, 28 November , n. 3).
- f8 4696.f8See letter to Edward Sabine, 4 December .