Grieved by Wollaston's troubles. Offers contribution of £100. "How foolish men are in their investments."
Delight about George's success.
My dear Hooker
I had heard nothing about Woollaston's recent losses, & I am
deeply grieved. Several months ago I heard from Lyell that he
had had some losses in Railways, but he did not speak of it as
so bad, as the case now appears.— It will be a real pleasure
to me to help & I can well afford to subscribe
Hearty thanks for your congratulations about George. It has greatly delighted us & made us as proud as peacocks. He owes it to indomitable energy & perseverance, which qualities he has shown, literally from his infancy. It pleases me particularly that he has never slaved himself, but taken a fair share of amusement & interest in other subjects.— Four-fifths of our delight has been in the sympathy of our friends,—& you my dear old fellow I always look at as our best & truest.
Do you think Woollaston w
- f1 5804.f1CD refers to Thomas Vernon Wollaston. See letter from J. D. Hooker, [25 January 1868].
- f2 5804.f2CD met Charles Lyell in London in December 1867 (see Correspondence vol. 15, Appendix II). No letter from Lyell containing this information has been found. The value of shares in British railway companies fell markedly in 1867 (see Annual Register 1867).
- f3 5804.f3Wollaston had suffered from tubercular symptoms since 1847 (ODNB).
- f4 5804.f4Civil list pensions for scientific practitioners had been introduced in the 1830s (see MacLeod 1970). A scientific relief fund was established by the Royal Society of London in 1859 (Record of the Royal Society of London, p. 111).
- f5 5804.f5See letter from J. D. Hooker, [25 January 1868]. George Howard Darwin was second in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
- f6 5804.f6For the last extant letter from Wollaston, see Correspondence vol. 8, letter from T. V. Wollaston, [16 September 1860].