From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin 15 September 1871
Royal Gardens Kew
Dear Mrs Darwin
My Mother is so very ill at Torquay, that I cannot just now accept your kind invitation—much as I long for it—& to see you both again.1 She is suffering from another painful recurrence of the disease in her leg-bone, which weakens her much, & which I fear even her strong constitution may not resist.
Mrs Hooker returned the other day, after a charming tour in Bavaria & home by the Rhine—2 I have not seen the marriage in the paper—3 I hope all passed off with the least possible “putting about”— I am accused of once having uttered the horrid sentiment, that I would rather go to two burials than one marriage, any day—
I heard from Mr Huxley yesterday—threatening to “pin out” Mr Mivart, for his insolent attack on Mr Darwin, & adding that he was reading up Suarez & the Jesuit fathers & found that Mivart either misquoted or misunderstood him, & he (H.) proposed to vindicate the Catholic Fathers!—4 What an irony his life is becoming—I call him a “Polemician”5
Can Mr Darwin lend me Mivart?— & Buckle?— I am unhappy about the origin, (not source), of the wealth of Nations— apropos of something I am trying to write about Marocco, & I want immensly to have a talk with Charles about it.6
My Uncle Dawson took his School-masters holiday out, in a trip to the city of San Francisco & back— on the day his school reopened.7
Mrs Hooker sends best love & would have greatly liked a run to Down with me.
If my mothers state should admit of it, I shall offer myself for the first possible Sunday.
Ever sincerely Yours | Jos D Hooker
His mother very ill.
Mrs Hooker back from Bavaria.
Hopes marriage [of Henrietta] went well. Is accused of saying he would rather go to two burials than one marriage.
Has heard from Huxley who is threatening to "thin out" Mivart. Huxley is reading Francisco Suarez and finds Mivart misquotes or misunderstands him.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7945,” accessed on 29 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7945