To W. D. Fox [16 November 1859]
Wells Terrace | Ilkley, Otley | Yorkshire
My dear Fox.
I daresay you would like to hear about me, & I want to hear about you. Did you go to Malvern, & how is the place in your head?— I doubt whether Dr Smith would have suited you: they all say he is very careful in bad illness; but he constantly gives me impression, as if he cared very much for the Fee & very little for the patient.—1 I like the place very much, & the children have enjoyed it much & it has done my wife good; it did Etty good at first, but she has gone back again.— I have had a series of calamities; first a sprained ancle, & then badly swollen whole leg & face; much rash & a frightful sucession of Boils—4 or 5 at once. I have felt quite ill—& have little faith in this “unique crisis” as the Doctor calls it, doing me much good.2 I cannot now walk a step from bad boil on knee. We have been here above 6 week, & I feel worse than when I came; so that I am not in cheerful frame of mind.
So poor old Sir Francis is gone: I never saw him but once, on our to me memorable & pleasant visit to Sydnope.3 The Cromptons are here, & they know well all of you, & are, as they say, connected with you.— Poor Mr Crompton who has just lost his wife, is here, & the old Lady who seems very nice: I have not seen the invalid daughter.4 I find that Mr Rhoades Darwin lives about 10 miles off, near Arthington Stn at a very nice place—5 I shd like to call there, but shall not have strength or spirits. We shall stay about a fortnight longer here; & possibly though not probably I may stay a week or so still longer in Establishment; but it will depend on how I feel.—
You will probably have received, or will very soon receive my weariful book on Species. I naturally believe it mainly includes the truth, but you will not at all agree with me.— Dr Hooker, whom I consider one of best judges in Europe, is complete convert, & he thinks Lyell is likewise.6 Certainly, judging from Lyells letters to me on subject, he is deeply staggered.—
Farewell. If the spirit moves you let me have a line | Yours affectionately | C. Darwin
News of his health and the water-cure establishment.
[Origin] "my weariful book on Species" has been sent to WDF, who will not agree with it. Hooker is a convert, and Lyell is "staggered".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2533,” accessed on 21 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2533