To J. D. Hooker 14 May 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
I have been putting off writing from day to day, as I did not wish to trouble you, till my wish for a little news will not let me rest. Unless by a prodigy poor dear Henslow is recovering, good God what a time his sufferings have been prolonged. But from your last note, I hope, I need not say sufferings, but only life.1 What a miserable time you must have had.—
I am alone at present, as Emma has taken Etty to Dentist in London; & their stay in London, I hope, has done both good.2 I shd. have gone up, but I have been rather extra ailing of late. I have no news to tell you, for I have had no interesting letters for some time & have not seen a soul.—
I have been going through Cottage Gardener of last year, on account chiefly of Beaton’s articles:3 he strikes me as a clever, but d—d cock-sure man (as L. Melbourne said)4 & I have some doubt whether to be much trusted. I suspect he has never recorded his experiments at the time with care. He has made me indignant by the way he speaks of Gärtner, evidently knowing nothing of his work.—5 I mean to try & pump him in Cot. Gard. & shall perhaps defend Gartner.—6 He alludes to me occasionally & I cannot tell with what spirit. He speaks of “this Mr. Darwin”, in one place, as if I were a very noxious animal.7
Let me have a line about poor Henslow pretty soon.
Farewell my dear Friend | Ever yours | C. Darwin
I fear there is something seriously amiss with Lyell.—8
Henslow’s long suffering.
Donald Beaton’s articles in Cottage Gardener clever but not to be trusted.