From F. H. Hooker 13 September 1
My dear Mr. Darwin
I can give you a much better account of Joseph now—2 he is decidedly gaining ground, & this morning he was even able to take a tiny turn in the garden— So that I trust he is really making progress at last—
We are talking of going to Buxton as soon as he can bear the journey—& if he has no relapse, I am beginning to hope we may manage it next week—
Willy is here today, en route for School this afternoon— & Charlie & Harriet3 commenced school life at Brighton last week— Brian is under the care of his godmother, Miss Hawthorn—4 so we are easy about all the children—
Joseph has this morning received the offer of the Directorship—5
We were sorry to hear the Lubbocks came in for a railway accident, but have heard no particulars—6
Believe me | Yours affectly. | F H Hooker
104, Lansdowne Road | Notting Hill. W.
J. D. Hooker’s health is improving;
he has been offered the Directorship at Kew.