From F. H. Hooker 22 September 1
My dear Mr. Darwin
Many thanks for your letter,2 which I waited to answer until we should be here— I can now tell you that we accomplished the journey very successfully in two days, passing the first night at Derby, & arriving here yesterday— We are at present located in a boarding house, but we do not like it, & are going out this morning to look for lodgings— The noise & publicity does not suit Joseph, & he was very tired last night—3 However he is really wonderfully better, & beginning to walk about comfortably—but he is still very stiff in his joints, & can only move slowly— It is horribly cold here, but I suppose we shall get used to that in time—but it is a great contrast to Notting Hill—4
Dr. Tyndall, who was at Birmingham, told us that so far from Lady Lubbock having kept her room, she was sitting in the sections all Monday!— the accident having happened on Saturday—5
Joseph has read Phillips’ address,6 & thought it in matter extremely washy, but no doubt as delivered, was very well suited to the occasion— He was astonished at no allusion whatever being made to Sir J. Lubbock’s book.7
With Joseph’s love, | I am | Yours affectly. | F H Hooker
Have you read Geikie’s book on Scotland?8 Joseph was pleased with parts, but disappointed on the whole.
J. D. Hooker is recovering from his ill health.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4898,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4898