To J. D. Hooker [17 June 1865]1
Down Bromley | Kent.
My dear Hooker
I am very glad to have seen Huxley’s letter which is capital.2 As Etty is much interested in the controversy & I thought it cd not signify I have sent H’s letter to her,3 telling her to return it immediately to you. How witty it is!
I am pleased to hear that you are reading my climbing paper4 for I thought you wd not have time & it is awfully long. Of all men in the world Kingsley has written to me a note full of interest about it & especially about the Lathyrus.5 I suppose you do not know any one who from having attended to such subjects wd care for a separate copy.6
Remember you have Max Wichura’s book on Hybrids.7 Not that I want it back in any hurry. There was a capital resumé of it in the Reader some time ago.8 We have read your Indian novel & I liked it very much. We want to read a Hist of the Indian mutiny. Can you recommend one?9 I am extremely glad you are going an excursion with Mrs Hooker & we both very much hope it may do her good.10 I have had a very bad 6 weeks with much vomiting & fear that the ice will not do much for me.11
Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
E’ D’s12 love to Mrs Hooker & is very sorry to hear how unwell she continues
Huxley’s capital, witty letter.
Charles Kingsley has written of his interest in "Climbing plants".
Health has been very bad.