To William Darwin Fox 6 February 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Fox
I was very glad to get your note. I have often been thinking of writing to you, but all the autumn & winter I have been much dispirited & inclined to do nothing but what I was forced to.1
I saw two very nice notes of yours on the ocasion of my poor dear Father’s death. The memory of such a Father is a treasure to one; & when last I saw him he was very comfortable & his expression which I have now in my mind’s eye serene & cheerful.—
Thank you much for your information about the water cure: I cannot make up my mind; I dislike the thoughts of it much— I know I shall be very uncomfortable there, & such a job moving with 6 children. Can you tell me (& I shd be much obliged sometime for an answer) whether either your cases was dyspepsia, though Dr Holland does not consider my case quite that, but nearer to suppressed gout.2 He says he never saw such a case, & will not take on him to recommend the water cure.— I must get Gully’s Book.—3
We shall indeed be very glad to see you here at any time; though Miss Annie is not quite ready to be married yet: the new handwriting is our Governesses.—4
Do you remember recommending me to tie up our fruit trees like besoms— well I did so, & then wrote Gardeners Chronic to ask his opinion5 —& he answered “cut loose at once or you will spoil all your trees”; but I kept 2 or 3 pears & plums—standard & wall, tyed for experiment, & they answered wonderfully this summer being the only trees of several of same age which bore fruit—& made hardly any wood—one little Pear on wall had 90.— Have you gone on with this plan? do tell us, ie Comfort6 & myself, as we are both very curious to hear.— We are now trying Apricots & Peaches.—
Pray give our kind remembrances to Mrs Fox, & believe my dear old Friend | Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
His memory of his recently deceased father is a treasure to him.
Thanks WDF for information on the water-cure. Dislikes the thought of it.
Reports results of his experiments with tied-up fruit-trees.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1222,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1222