To J. D. Hooker 1 June 
My dear Hooker
I am heartily sorry to hear that you are so overworked:1 I suppose you cannot avoid it; but it really is enough to kill you.— Anyhow do not write to me; for I know better than you can tell me that you would very often write (& how often you have written) to amuse me if you were only quarter idle.—
I return Willie’s letters;2 there is something very charming in their simplicity & the Latin is splenditious;3 but I am not a “bonus latinus”.—4
I have had a shocking month with much sickness & have done nothing: I am now trying, at first with strong hope, now with weak hope, Dr. Chapman’s ice-bags along the spine, which at least is comfortable.—5
I do not quite agree about Lubbock; or at least it would have been extraordinary generous to suffer the imputation of copying whole sentences from Lyell, without any acknowlegment.—6 The passage in Lubbock, when I first read it made my blood grow cold, & I think, if I were in Lyell’s place I would not publish again: his memory must have failed him for the time.—7
I have not seen Tylor;8 but it is my great misery that I can hardly read a page without my head being affected. Some of Lubbock’s book9 has been read aloud to me & I like it very much: he writes admirably I think.
My dear old friend | Yours affect, | C. Darwin
Our children enjoyed their visit to Kew much.—10
P.S. Did you ever see a peloric Antirrhinum majus: if not, perhaps you wd. like to see enclosed. I bought a plant & fertilised it with own pollen & every seedling is peloric as enclosed one,—all with 6 sepals, 6 divisions to corolla & 6 stamens.—11 From what Lindley says on Order, it seems rather odd that they are none of them pentamerous.—12
I have received a correspondence from Lyell this morning with Lubbock.—13 It is most unfortunate. Lubbock ought, I think, to have given in full Lyell’s explanation.14 No doubt Lyell took & forgot whole sentences from Lubbock— It is horrid— It will be our turn some day—perhaps we two shall tear each other’s eyes out some day.15 I begin to think that an author had better be kicked or spat upon rather than reclaim!
Bad month of sickness. John Chapman’s ice bag on spine.
Does not quite agree with JDH about Lubbock’s plagiarism charges. Lyell’s memory must have failed him.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4846,” accessed on 26 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4846