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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3149,” accessed on 26 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3149