From T. H. Huxley 2 October 1865
26 Abbey Place | St Johns Wood
Oct. 2nd 1865
My dear Darwin
‘This comes hoping you are well’ & for no other purpose than to say as much. I am just back from seven weeks idleness at Littlehampton with my wife & children the first time I have had a holiday of any extent with them for years.1
We are all flourishing—the babies particularly so—and I find myself rather loth to begin grinding at the mill again. There is a vein of laziness in me which crops out uncommonly strong in your godson2—who is about the idlest, jolliest young four year old I know—
You will have been as much grieved as I have been about dear old Hooker—3 According to the last accounts however he is mending & I hope to see him in pristine vigour again before long
My wife is gone to bed or she would join me in kindest regards & remembrances to Mrs Darwin & your family—
Ever yours faithfully | T H Huxley
Has returned from holiday. Family news.
Concern over Hooker’s health.