T. V. Wollaston's financial misfortunes.
CD's son George's success [at Cambridge].
My dear Darwin
You have probably heard of poor Wollastons misfortune— lost his all in a mercantile association, in which he invested, & from which he has not had 1d.— he is off to Boulogne—
I am writing to Lubbock & Stainton to know if we could not organize a means of saving to the poor fellow, his books & collections at any rate—which should be sacred in <any> case. I need not ask whether you would join. poor Wollaston, he writes a little bitterly of his fellow creatures. I am glad he is with Stainton, than whom a more liberal & estimable man I believe never lived.—
But this is not what I resolved yesterday to write to you about, but your boys college success, which has delighted every body— I greatly wonder how you take it, do tell me— I do not think I should be [only] proud, but awfully pleased. They say that the Senior is simply a prodigy.
This is an interesting House. The pictures most beautiful & attractive too.— ``Frances, Lady Bunbury'' is much subdued, & I am enjoying myself, which must be a great comfort to all my dear friends'— I leave on Monday for Kew
Ever yr affec | J D Hooker.
- f1 5798.f1The date is established by the reference to George Howard Darwin's examination success (see n. 4, below). The first Saturday after the results were announced on 24 January 1868 was 25 January.
- f2 5798.f2Hooker refers to Thomas Vernon Wollaston.
- f3 5798.f3Hooker refers to John Lubbock and Henry Tibbats Stainton.
- f4 5798.f4George was second in the mathematical honours examination at Cambridge; the position was known as `second wrangler' (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
- f5 5798.f5The senior wrangler for 1868 was John Fletcher Moulton (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
- f6 5798.f6Barton Hall in Suffolk was the seat of Charles James Fox Bunbury (Burke's peerage).
- f7 5798.f7Frances Joanna Bunbury.