To J. D. Hooker 9[–10] November 
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I am quite delighted to hear about Copley & Lyell.1 I have grown hot with indignation many times thinking of the way the proposal was met last year according to your account of it.2 I am also very glad to hear of Hancock; it will show that Provincials are not neglected.3 Altogether the medals are capital. I shall be proud & bound to help in any way about the eloge, which is rather a heavy tax on proposers of medals, as I found about Richardson & Westwood.4 but Lyells case will be twenty times as difficult— I will begin this very evening dotting down a few remarks on Lyell; though no doubt most will be superfluous, & several would require deliberate consideration. Anyhow such notes may be a preliminary aid to you. I will send them in few days time; & will do anything else you may wish.—5
I am astounded at H. C. Watson. Good God what a rule is his for helpinga fellow creature: I think you did very wisely to act on “least said soonest mended”.—6 Please remember 222 are at your service if wanted.—
Yours affecty | C. Darwin
I have had letter from Henslow this morning he comes here on 25th & I shall be delighted to see him; but it stops my coming to Club., as I had arranged to do; & now I suppose I shall not be in London to Dec. 16th, if odds & ends do not compel me to come sooner.—7 Of course I have not said a word to Henslow of my change of plans.— I had looked forward with pleasure to a chat with you & others.—
Postscript | I worked all yesterday evening in thinking & have written the paper sent by this Post this morning. Not one sentence would do, but it is the sort of rough sketch which I shd have drawn out, if I had had to do it. God knows whether it will at all aid you.— It is miserably written, with horridly bad met-aphors,—probably horrid bad grammar.
It is my deliberate impression, such as I shd have written to any friend, who had asked me what I thought of Lyell’s merits. I will do anything else, which you may wish, or that I can.
I have here & there put in doubts & criticisms, to render the whole rather less panegerical.
Lyell receives Copley Medal; CD to write notes for JDH’s éloge of Lyell.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2355,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2355