From J. D. Hooker 4 February 1866
Feby 4 /66.
I hear nothing of your sister having hardly time to look at the papers.1
I now write in the vainest chance of you being able to help me to a medicine that may check vomiting— we have a most dear friend—at death’s door from not being able to keep any food on the stomach. This is a daughter of my Indian friend Campbell, a young lady of some 20–22 who was for 8 years under my charge when her parents were in India.2 She has been out of health for 4 or 5 years; lost her voice & otherwise suffered in chest & stomach— Some 6 months ago she had an eruption in fauces & mouth & now her stomach seems so affected that no food whatever lies on it; & she is we fear dying from exhaustion. Ice did good for a time, under Chapman,3 & of course all the usual remedies have been tried— You may know of some unusual ones; if so—please write to
104 Lansdowne Road
if not do not trouble.
I have no news except that D. of Somerset will send 2 large ships one to survey Corea, & the other Straits of Magellan, & asks me to look out for 2 naturalists, who shall be “high class men”—4 This looks promising— I wish I could go! Do you know of any one?
Ever yr affec | J D Hooker
Asks CD whether he knows of a medicine to check vomiting – for a friend dying from starvation as a result.
Duke of Somerset is looking for two naturalists for survey ship to Korea and Strait of Magellan.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4996,” accessed on 29 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4996