To John Phillips 8 February 1
Moor Park Hydropathic Estab. | Farnham Surrey
My dear Phillips
I tried my best to put off coming here, but I had such repeated & serious attacks, spending day after day partly in bed, that I had to give up & come here.2 I am sorry, very sorry to say that the Medical man here urges me most strongly not to expose myself to the excitement & fatigue of receiving the Medal.—3 I assure you that this has annoyed me much for my own vanity’s sake & still more for its ungracious appearance. But no one can think that I am insensible to the great honour & mark of sympathy which the Council & you have shown me.— I will ask Lyell to receive the medal for me, if he attends if not, perhaps you will find some one else to receive it for me.4 I am much annoyed, but it cannot be helped; I held out as long as I could.—
Pray do not trouble yourself to acknowledge this.—
My dear Philips | Yours very sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin
P.S | I have been much perplexed about Scope’s paper, but have reported to the best of my judgment.—5
His doctor urges CD most strongly not to expose himself to the excitement and fatigue of receiving the [Wollaston] Medal. He will ask Lyell to receive it on his behalf.