From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker 26 December 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Dear Dr Hooker
Charles begs me to tell you that nothing wd please him more than your having a bust of him & if he should get well enough to sit to Mr Woolner he will be sure to let you know but at present I am sorry to say that he could not even sit for 5 minutes.1 One day is a little better & one a little worse but I cannot say that he makes progress at present. He stays in his bed room & gets frequently in & out of bed & occasionally goes down stairs for a very short time, but he can only stand very short visits even of the boys.2 When not very uncomfortable his spirits are wonderfully good, but I am afraid he may remain just as he is very long before there is a struggle in his constitution & that the sickness is conquered.
With Charles & my love to Mrs Hooker3 & you | I am yours very sincerely | E. D.
About America I think the slaves are gradually getting freed & that is what I chiefly care for.4 The Times evidently thinks that is to be deplored,5 but I think all England has to read up Olmsted’s works6 again & get up its Uncle Tom again7
CD would be pleased to sit for a bust by Thomas Woolner for JDH, but he is too ill now.
Emma’s views on slavery and the Civil War.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4359,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4359