Gustavus Hinrichs is also a [not highly regarded] correspondent of JT's; he will put GH's papers on the table at Royal Institution to ease CD's conscience.
Dined with the Asa Grays at Hooker's. Told Mrs Gray that CD's ill health was a benefit because it caused him to ponder a great deal.
Royal Institution of Great Britain
My dear Darwin.
Hinrichs is also a correspondent of mine. Had he trusted more to the natural weight of his views if they have any and less to the policy of making a noise about them he would in my opinion have acted more wisely than he has done.
He has published an attack upon Dana which I should not like to circulate as he shows a temper not to be trusted where cool judgement is required. But you can ease your conscience by sending his papers to me, and I will place almost the whole of them on the table of the Royal Institution. You can tell him that you have sent them to me.
I was rejoiced to hear from dear old Hooker on Thursday week that were able to have a little party of your friends about you, and then again, Bates dashed my happiness by saying that you were not so well as you ought to be. I hardly think that even your naturalists care more about hearing of your improved health than I do.
That charming man Asa Gray, and his still more charming
wife are staying with Hooker. I dined there on Wednesday and
endeavoured to make it clear to M
Goodbye: I hope you will continue to flourish.
Ever Yours | John Tyndall
- f1 6414.f1For CD's remarks regarding Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs, see the letter to John Tyndall, 7 October 1868.
- f2 6414.f2Tyndall refers to James Dwight Dana; see letter to G. D. Hinrichs, 13 August 1868, n. 1.
- f3 6414.f3For a list of the papers Hinrichs sent CD, see the letter from G. D. Hinrichs, 31 August 1868.
- f4 6414.f4Joseph Dalton Hooker evidently told Tyndall of the visit from several naturalists over the weekend of 12 and 13 September; though Henry Walter Bates had been invited, he was not able to attend (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [8--10 September 1868]).
- f5 6414.f5Gray and Jane Loring Gray had recently arrived in England (see letter from Asa Gray, 17 September 1868).
- f6 6414.f6For CD's reference to his agreement with Tyndall on the importance of `pondering' in science, see the letter to John Tyndall, 7 October 1868.