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.