To G. R. Waterhouse 18 January 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Waterhouse
I thank you very sincerely for thinking of me & my ailments. Pray give my most respectful compliments & best thanks to M. Deshayes, for his kind interest & advice.1 I will not forget it, but it would require a powerful purchase to drag me from my home to a foreign land. I have just lately had a very bad fortnight, otherwise you wd. have seen me at the Museum this week,2 but till this fortnight I have been much better than for the last 3 years.3 I return you all your Christmas good wishes, & many jolly returns to you. Whenever I see you, I shall make myself disagreeable by asking you what original work you have begun, that your fair name may grow better & better known & honoured.—4
My dear Waterhouse | Ever yours | C. Darwin
Thanks GRW for his sympathy on his ill health. Feels better lately.
Sends thanks to G. P. Deshayes for his advice.
Asks what "original work" GRW has begun so his name will become better known.