J. D. Hooker is recovering from his ill health.
My dear M
Many thanks for your letter, which I waited to answer until we should be here— I can now tell you that we accomplished the journey very successfully in two days, passing the first night at Derby, & arriving here yesterday— We are at present located in a boarding house, but we do not like it, & are going out this morning to look for lodgings— The noise & publicity does not suit Joseph, & he was very tired last night— However he is really wonderfully better, & beginning to walk about comfortably—but he is still very stiff in his joints, & can only move slowly— It is horribly cold here, but I suppose we shall get used to that in time—but it is a great contrast to Notting Hill—
Joseph has read Phillips' address, & thought it in matter extremely washy, but no doubt as delivered, was very well suited to the occasion— He was astonished at no allusion whatever being made to Sir J. Lubbock's book.
With Joseph's love, | I am | Yours affect
Have you read Geikie's book on Scotland? Joseph was pleased with parts, but disappointed on the whole.
- f1 4898.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from F. H. Hooker, 13 September .
- f2 4898.f2The letter from CD has not been found.
- f3 4898.f3The Hookers had travelled to Buxton, Derbyshire, so that Joseph Dalton Hooker might recuperate from an attack of rheumatic fever (see letter from F. H. Hooker, 6 September  and nn. 2 and 5.
- f4 4898.f4On the advice of his doctor, J. D. Hooker and his wife had left their home at Kew and stayed with friends in Notting Hill, London, until Hooker was well enough to travel to Buxton (see letters from F. H. Hooker, 6 September  and 13 September ).
- f5 4898.f5John Tyndall was a vice-president of Section A (mathematics and physics) at the 1865 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, held at Birmingham, from 6 to 13 September 1865 (see Report of the thirty-fifth meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science; held at Birmingham in September 1865, p. xxxi). Ellen Frances Lubbock had been injured in a railway accident while travelling with her husband, John Lubbock, to Birmingham (see letter from F. H. Hooker, 13 September  and n. 6). Apart from the accident, there may also have been some surprise that Ellen Lubbock attended meetings as she was pregnant. She gave birth to her sixth child, Rolfe Arthur Lubbock, on 19 September 1865 (Burke's peerage).
- f6 4898.f6John Phillips delivered the presidential address to the British Association on 6 September 1865 (Phillips 1865; the address was also printed in the Reader, 9 September 1865, pp. 293--6).
- f7 4898.f7In his presidential address, Phillips described the progress of science in various disciplines over the period since the British Association was founded. In discussing archaeology and palaeontology, Phillips referred to Charles Lyell's Antiquity of man (C. Lyell 1863a), but made no reference to John Lubbock's Pre-historic times (Lubbock 1865; see Phillips 1865, p. lxi).
- f8 4898.f8The reference is to Archibald Geikie's The scenery of Scotland viewed in connexion with its physical geology (Geikie 1865).