Hopes JDH will enjoy Edinburgh.
Has just finished Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on animal monsters [Anomalies de l'organisation chez l'homme et les animaux (1832–7)], "and a nasty curious subject it is".
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I hope your Book has arrived safely with your M.S.. Have you noticed in the fourth vol.
of Wilkes, there is a short discussion on the Flora of the Sandwich
I hope & trust you will find Edinburgh far pleasanter than you expect, though
the lecturing must be a direful break in your Antarctic flora (of which there is a
little recommendatory notice in L'Institut of last week): I shd
You are very kind in your enquiries about my health; I have nothing to say about it, being always much the same, some days better & some worse.— I believe I have not had one whole day or rather night, without my stomach having been greatly disordered, during the last three years, & most days great prostration of strength: thank you for your kindness, many of my friends, I believe, think me a hypocondriac. How late shall you be in Edinburgh: I ask because I think I shall probably take a tour, for my unlucky stomach's sake, to the Eildon hills near Melrose, in September to see some appearances like the ‘parallel roads of Glen Roy’.— & perhaps I might go further on & see you in Edinburgh if there.— I see I have kept to my determination, in a highly praiseworthy manner, & asked you nothing which requires an answer— one of the subject I am curious to discuss hereafter with you—is the position, as a method of induction, in which morphology stands; it seems to me a very curious point.— I will order St Hilaires book; I have just finished three huge volumes by Is. St Hilaire on animal monsters, and a nasty curious subject it is.—
Farewell with all good wishes Ever yours | C. Darwin
N.B. You may see that I have dubbed you a
- f1 847.f1Wilkes 1845, 4: 282–3.
- f2 847.f2L'Institut 1ère sect. 13 (1845): 120.
- f3 847.f3James David Forbes.
- f4 847.f4Instead of making this tour, CD visited Shrewsbury in September and from there went on to see his new property in Lincolnshire and to visit William Herbert, the plant hybridiser, and Charles Waterton in Yorkshire (see ‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II).
- f5 847.f5An annotated copy of Saint-Hilaire 1841 is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
- f6 847.f6I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1832–7, recorded in CD's list of ‘Books Read’ (DAR 119; Vorzimmer 1977, p. 133) in an entry dated March 1845.