JDH has left for Paris with Thomas Thomson.
Baby is better.
My dear M
Joseph went off to Paris yesterday morning at 7.AM.—in company with
Poor Smith & his wife are in trouble about their baby, who is ill of inflammation on the chest—dying, I fear— it is not expected to live through the day.—
We were very sorry to hear of Horace's being ill— I trust you will soon have no further cause for anxiety.
Believe me | Y
Kew. W. | Sat
- f1 5492.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 4 April . In 1867, 6 April was a Saturday.
- f2 5492.f2Joseph Dalton Hooker was attending the Paris International Horticultural Exhibition as a juror for seeds and saplings of forest trees. Thomas Thomson, who had travelled in the Himalayas with Hooker and collaborated with him on various publications (DNB), was associate juror for hothouses and horticultural implements. (Gardeners' Chronicle, 6 April 1867, p. 348.) Hooker answered CD's letter of 4 April  on 13 April.
- f3 5492.f3Reginald Hawthorn Hooker had recently recovered from an illness (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 3 April 1867 and n. 1). John Rees Withecombe was a medical practitioner in Richmond, Surrey.
- f4 5492.f4Emma Darwin.
- f5 5492.f5John Smith was curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; his wife was named Mary. The child has not been further identified. J. D. Hooker sent CD news of the baby's death in his letter of 13 April 1867.
- f6 5492.f6CD mentioned the illness of his son Horace in his letter of 4 April .