To J. D. Hooker 10 [October 1853]
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I sent your M.S.1 & the books you lent me (with a letter2) off this morning at 8 A.M. per Coach with strict injunctions to book it immediately (carr. paid) per Deliv. Coy. & I trust you will thus receive it before this note.
Very many thanks for the loan of the Books.—
Tell Mrs. Hooker, that I am becoming quite an abandoned novel-reader & have just begun Ruth3 which is quite charming.
Most truly yours | C. Darwin
Returning JDH’s MS and books.
Reading Mrs Gaskell’s Ruth .