From John Tyndall 28 December 1874
Royal Institution of Great Britain
28.th Dec. 1874. | 11 P.M.
My dear Darwin
I have just received & read your letters, and I need not tell you how how concerned I feel about it. It was only this morning I had a note from her, informing me that she intended to accompany the Spottiswoodes to Lubbock’s lecture, but giving no hint that she was ill.1 This, however, is like her. She is quite capable of dying without giving any sign.
I will so arrange matters that I may have an hour’s earnest conversation with her. I do not know that she will pay any attention to me; but I think if she listens to anybody she will be inclined to listen to me.
I quite think with you that Andrew Clark is the man most likely to give her sound advice, and I shall do my best to induce her to consult him.
Last night I returned from Kew, whither I went on Thursday. Hooker passed the crisis well.2 On christmas day he had some skating, and without our making any effort which would assuredly defeat itself, his mind was kept cheerfully occupied throughout— It was a happiness to me to be able to be at his side during this time of trial.
He told me about Mivart, and allowed me to read the correspondence.3 On à priori ground, & by an indescribable intuition, I could predict Mivart’s act as the natural outflow of his character.
always yours | John Tyndall
JT had not known Lady Lubbock was ill. Will try to persuade her [to change physicians]. Agrees Andrew Clark is best.
Hooker has survived his crisis [death of his wife].
St G. J. Mivart’s act is a natural outflow of his character.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9787,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9787