From J. D. Hooker [25 January 1868]1
My dear Darwin
You have probably heard of poor Wollastons misfortune—2 lost his all in a mercantile association, in which he invested, & from which he has not had 1d.— he is off to Boulogne—
I am writing to Lubbock & Stainton3 to know if we could not organize a means of saving to the poor fellow, his books & collections at any rate—which should be sacred in 〈any〉 case. I need not ask whether you would join. poor Wollaston, he writes a little bitterly of his fellow creatures. I am glad he is with Stainton, than whom a more liberal & estimable man I believe never lived.—
But this is not what I resolved yesterday to write to you about, but your boys college success, which has delighted every body—4 I greatly wonder how you take it, do tell me— I do not think I should be [only] proud, but awfully pleased. They say that the Senior is simply a prodigy.5
This is an interesting House.6 The pictures most beautiful & attractive too.— “Frances, Lady Bunbury”7 is much subdued, & I am enjoying myself, which must be a great comfort to all my dear friends’— I leave on Monday for Kew
Ever yr affec | J D Hooker.
T. V. Wollaston’s financial misfortunes.
CD’s son George’s success [at Cambridge].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5798,” accessed on 9 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5798