From Frances Harriet Hooker [6 April 1867]1
My dear Mr. Darwin—
Joseph went off to Paris yesterday morning at 7.AM.—in company with Dr. Thomson—so your letter must wait awhile for an answer—2 I do not know when he will return— I am happy to tell you that baby is very much better—recovering fast, in fact.— Dr. Withecombe said this morning that he only wants food & nursing—3 You & Mrs. Darwin4 will be glad to hear this.
Poor Smith & his wife are in trouble about their baby, who is ill of inflammation on the chest—dying, I fear— it is not expected to live through the day.—5
We were very sorry to hear of Horace’s being ill—6 I trust you will soon have no further cause for anxiety.
Believe me | Yrs. affectly. | F H Hooker
Kew. W. | Saty.—
JDH has left for Paris with Thomas Thomson.
Baby is better.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5492,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5492