To J. D. Hooker 4 April 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
We both heartily rejoice that Mrs Hooker & your anxieties about your poor Baby are over.— It must have been very distressing. I never heard of anything like such convulsions. Thank you much for your two letters.—1
We have had a little uneasiness, now quite over, about Horace who came from School with intermittent fever, which lasted a fortnight & has made him very thin & has brought back his indigestion & we shall have to keep him here for a month more at least.2
You have done me a very great service in sending me the page of “The Farmer”: I do not know whether you wish it returned; but I will keep it unless I hear that you want it. Old I. Anderson-Henry passes a magnificent but rather absurd eulogium on me, but the point of such extreme value in my eyes is Mr Traill’s statement that he made a mottled mongrel, by cutting eyes through & joining two kinds of potatoes: I have written to him for full information & then I will set to work on a similar trial.3 It would prove, I think, to demonstration that propagation by buds & by the sexual elements are essentially the same process, as Pangenesis in the most solemn manner declares to be the case.—4
I do hope that you will have no return of anxiety.—
My dear old Friend | Yours affectly | C. Darwin
Rejoices over baby’s improvement.
Horace Darwin has intermittent fever.
Thanks JDH for page of the Farmer, a great service.
R. Trail’s potato grafting case would be of extreme value for demonstrating Pangenesis. [See Variation 1: 395.]
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5485,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5485