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.1 As Etty is much interested in the controversy & I thought it cd not signify I have sent H’s letter to her,2 telling her to return it immediately to you. How witty it is!
I am pleased to hear that you are reading my climbing paper3 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.4 I suppose you do not know any one who from having attended to such subjects wd care for a separate copy.5
Remember you have Max Wichura’s book on Hybrids.6 Not that I want it back in any hurry. There was a capital resumé of it in the Reader some time ago.7 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?8 I am extremely glad you are going an excursion with Mrs Hooker & we both very much hope it may do her good.9 I have had a very bad 6 weeks with much vomiting & fear that the ice will not do much for me.10
Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
E’ D’s11 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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4862,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4862