From J. D. Hooker 19 [June 1862]1
Royal Gardens Kew | Kew
Your Rhododendron is R. glaucum— it has a very peculiar scent.—1 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 fever2 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—3 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—4 one is Mr. Watson Taylor of Monte Cristo notoriety & his wife.5 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.6 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 week7
My Jury work is nearly over & a pretty time I have had of it!8
My wife is a trifle better I think, but very pale and bloodless & cannot sleep at night—9 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—10 Sabine goes after some Meteorological &c books of observation—11 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.12
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3611,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3611