From F. H. Hooker 6 September 1
My dear Mr. Darwin
Joseph made no progress to recovery at Kew—2 & so by Dr. Quain’s3 advice, we removed to Notting Hill on Saty., where we are staying with the Campbells—4 Joseph bore the little journey very well, & was better on Sunday—
Monday was a bad day, with much fever, which pulled him down very much—but he is now better again, & says he is certainly gaining strength— But he is very much reduced, & very unequal to any, even the slightest exertion—
Buxton will probably be the next move, when he can bear the journey—5
He asks if you saw the article of Mr. Croll in the last Reader on the displacement of the Earth’s axis(?) by the ice of the glacial epoch?—6 & also do you know that the Reader has been sold to the Anthropologicals?7
Sir C Lyell8 told him this,—if true, Joe thinks it a great disgrace to all parties concerned—
Sir Charles was looking very well, & Joseph was delighted to see him, though he unfortunately had a very severe fever attack at the time—
We wish much to know how you are— Will you kindly let the Lubbocks know about this account of Joseph?9 as I am overwhelmed with letter writing—
Joe’s love & mine to Mrs. Darwin, Etty & Lizzy10 & yourself—
Believe me | Your’s afftly. | F H Hooker
104. Lans-downe Road | Notting Hill. W.
They have left Kew to improve J. D. Hooker’s health.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4890,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4890