To J. D. Hooker 27 [January 1868]
My dear Hooker
I had heard nothing about Woollaston’s recent losses, & I am deeply grieved.1 Several months ago I heard from Lyell that he had had some losses in Railways, but he did not speak of it as so bad, as the case now appears.—2 It will be a real pleasure to me to help & I can well afford to subscribe £100; so will you be so kind as to act for me. Poor fellow with his broken health it is a fearful calamity.3 If his affairs do not recover, he wd. be a most proper man for a Government pension.— I presume it wd hurt his pride to receive temporary aid from Royal Soc. though in my opinion it ought not.—4 Anyhow I hope there may be a private subscription for Books, collections &c.— How foolish men are in their investments!—
Hearty thanks for your congratulations about George.5 It has greatly delighted us & made us as proud as peacocks. He owes it to indomitable energy & perseverance, which qualities he has shown, literally from his infancy. It pleases me particularly that he has never slaved himself, but taken a fair share of amusement & interest in other subjects.— Four-fifths of our delight has been in the sympathy of our friends,—& you my dear old fellow I always look at as our best & truest.
Yours affectly. | C. Darwin
Do you think Woollaston wd like to hear the sympathy of old friends. What makes me doubt, that I have had no communication with him for some years;6 I think he had got rather to hate me.—
Grieved by Wollaston’s troubles. Offers contribution of £100. "How foolish men are in their investments."
Delight about George’s success.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5804,” accessed on 25 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5804