From J. D. Hooker 2 May 1865
My dear Darwin
We feel very much the shock that poor Fitzroys death must be to you.1 My old friend Davis writes to me that he had been very excited for some time, & fancied that many had ill-treated him.2 also that Sir Rodk had decidedly snubbed him at the Geographical.3 He had taken a house at Norwood, for a few weeks— his daughters went to knock at his door on Sunday mg. & receiving no answer the door was forced & he found dead with his throat cut.4 Poor old Fitzroy— I am very sorry—for though I did not know him much I always regarded him in joint association with you, & I did admire his -Scientific pluck, as a Meteorologist,5 & his wonderfull kindness & goodness.
I hope to heavens that they will not appoint Glaisher to the post, or Maury, or any of those cattle, who seem to live on self glorification.6
My Father is considerably better, but not fit for work & will I hope soon go to the West.7
As soon as I get any notice of Caspary on Cytisus I will send it—8 I have seen none yet.
Lyell & Lady9 were out last night both very well & bright.—
I do not at all like Ramsays answer to Lyell— the note on p 1. is carping & uncalled for,10 & the whole thing far from clear— I am still of opinion that they are fighting for a shadow, in the present state of the question, & that a Rock basin is a Geological desideratum apart from Volcanic action.— The idea of a series of lakes, like the alpine ones, being formed by faults is in my notion preposterous—11
Masters I suppose reported for G. C. from Amsterdam the Hort Soc. sent him.12
Ever yr affec | J D Hooker
On FitzRoy’s suicide.
The Lyell–Ramsay disagreement [on formation of lakes?].