From J. D. Hooker 19 [June 1862]1
Royal Gardens Kew | Kew
Your Rhododendron is R. glaucum— it has a very peculiar scent.—2 this was sent me by you a month ago under some other name.
I saw Lubbock yesterday who tells me that you were in bed last Sunday & that one of your boys has come home ill from school with Scarlet fever3 I am truly sorry to hear of all this.
We are in statu quo—no Cook yet, though we hope we have heard of one who will suit— We have also I hope found the right sort of person for Nursery Governess—4 Meanwhile we are carrying on the war as best we can & have a party of 12 persons chiefly Italian Botanists coming to a Tea dinner tomorrow. How glad we shall be to have Willy tomorrow to meet them—5 one is Mr. Watson Taylor of Monte Cristo notoriety & his wife.6 Leonard Henslow my eldest brother in law is engaged to a very nice girl who has been here today, a Miss Wall, niece of Dean Pellew.7 apparently a very nice girl indeed with a little money— she is only 19. very large, quite plain, but most amiable & pleasing-looking. we are rejoicing at it. Leonard Jenyns is to be married next week8
My Jury work is nearly over & a pretty time I have had of it!9
My wife is a trifle better I think, but very pale and bloodless & cannot sleep at night—10 I wish I could take her to Switzerland
On Monday I go down to Ross’ place to look over some of his things previous to the sale—11 Sabine goes after some Meteorological &c books of observation—12 I for a whole lot of things chiefly glacial & Kerguelens Land that I never could find in the British Museum.
This is a weary life, I am daily expecting to hear of the death of a dear little niece, 8 years old, at school at Bury, of inflammation of lungs,—a daughter of my eldest sister Mrs McGilvray.13
Ever yours affec | J D Hooker
Household problems: wife’s health, visitors to Kew.
Will go to sale of J. C. Ross’s effects looking for glacial and Kerguelen Land works not at British Museum.