To W. D. Fox [12 February 1859]1
Moor Park, Farnham | Surrey
My dear Fox
It is long since we have had any communication, so I am tempted to send you a scrap to extract a scrap from you, with news about yourself.— I have been extra bad of late, with the old severe vomiting rather often & much distressing swimming of the head; I have been here a week & shall stay another & it has already done me good.2 I am taking Pepsine, ie the chief element of the gastric juice, & I think it does me good & at first was charmed with it. My abstract is the cause, I believe of the main part of the ills to which my flesh is heir to; but I have only two more chapters & to correct all, & then I shall be a comparatively free man.— I have had the great satisfaction of converting Hooker & I believe Huxley & I think Lyell is much staggered.
We are a very pleasant party here & are very comfortable & I am glad to say that not one of Dr Lane’s patients has given him up & he gets a few fresh ones pretty regularly.3 He is most eager to build an Establishment near the Crystal Palace; but I fear will fail for want of Funds.—4 All my home party are with the Langtons & they went there on account of Etty, who has lately fallen back grievously owing to a very slight attack of fever.—5
William is very happy at Cambridge & he has changed into my old rooms & has taken my old engravings & with old Impey,6 it must be a sort of resurrection.
Let me some time have a note telling me about yourself & belongings
My dear Fox | Ever yours most truly | C. Darwin
Undergoing hydropathic treatment for his old ailment.
The "Abstract" [Origin] is the cause. Only two chapters to do.
His satisfaction that he believes he has convinced Hooker and Huxley and staggered Lyell.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2412,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2412