J. D. Hooker will not be able to visit CD because of ill health.
My dear M
I am sorry to say that Joseph must give up his visit to you tomorrow— instead of being better, as he wrote you word yesterday, he is worse, & seems to have a regular attack of influenza, so that he certainly cannot leave home tomorrow—
He bids me say how sorry he is—especially as he had hoped to have seen your boys at home for the holidays—
With kind regards to M
We have just heard that D
- f1 4879.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, [26 January 1865], and by the reference to Hugh Falconer's illness (see n. 5, below).
- f2 4879.f2See letter from J. D. Hooker, [26 January 1865].
- f3 4879.f3See letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 January , n. 18.
- f4 4879.f4Emma Darwin.
- f5 4879.f5Following an attack of `acute rheumatism, with disease of the heart and lungs', Falconer died on 31 January 1865 (DNB).