From Charles and Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker [10 July 1865]1
My dear Hooker
I do not know whether you are at Kew. When you can find time I shd. much like to hear how Teesdale suited you & Mrs. H.2 I have had a very bad time, with incessant vomiting, but have been better for last 4 days— The ice to spine did nothing.3 I fear I am much too weak to risk seeing you, even if gooseberries could tempt you.4
We are reading aloud on your recommendation Tylor & are deeply interested by it: what a clever man— do you know who & what he is?—5
Have you read last nor of H. Spencers Biology:6 I shd very much like to hear what you think of it, especially about the umbellifers.7 When writing the Origin I consulted you & you did not think that the compactness of the head accounted for the difference of the outer flowers; but then I do not think we took into account the difference between a globular & flat corymb.8 I am not satisfied by his views on irregular flowers; the peloric Gloxinia being upright seems a good argument; but then the peloric Snap dragon I find forms the same angle with the stem as does the very irregular common flower.9
The last number of the Nat. Hist review seems to me very good. That on H. Spencer I suppose is by Masters.10 Let me have a short note from you whenever you can spare time.
All scientific work has been stopped with me for the last 2 months.11
yours affectionately | Ch Darwin
Remind Oliver to have the kindness to let me hear if there are any articles in German periodicals concerning my subjects.12 what is Oliver doing? Dear Dr Hooker13
I do hope Charles is making a little progress in spite of frequent returns of the sickness but there is a degree of vigour about him on the well days which makes me hope that his constitution is making a struggle. If he conquers this sickness I do hope you will be able to come & see him before long & I am sure there is nobody in the world he cares so much to see. He had one terribly bad week. We liked Dr Chapman so very much we were quite sorry the ice failed for his sake as well as ours.14
Will you give my love to Mrs Hooker. I trust she is stronger15
Health very bad. All scientific work stopped for 2½ months.
E. B. Tylor’s Early history of mankind  impresses him.
Would like JDH’s opinion of last number of Spencer’s [Principles of] Biology [vol. 1 (1864)], especially on umbellifers. CD not satisfied with Spencer’s views on irregular flowers.
ED reports on CD’s health.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4868,” accessed on 28 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4868