To J. D. Hooker 3 January 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
Jan 3d Sunday morning
My dear Hooker
I have not heard from Mr. Mivart & I do not think that there is now a chance of hearing.—2
I shall be anxious to hear what you finally determine to do, & I will not write till I hear from you.— If you consult Allman, perhaps he will not take so strong a view as you do, influenced, I do not doubt by your kind feelings towards me.3 Whatever anyone else may think, I am convinced that the man is a false hypocrite to the core. All this affair must have cost you much time & what is even worse much annoyment.— As I said in a former note, when I told Huxley & you about it, it never for an instant occurred to me that you would take up the affair in so earnest & sympathetic a manner.4 If I had thought so, I ought, perhaps, to have refrained from mentioning it, but I doubt whether I shd. have had sufficient self-restraint.
I hope before very long that you may hear about your Assist. Secy.—5
Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
I have just been reading in Nature the first part of your Royal Address, & I have been particularly glad to learn something about the R. Socy.: it was all new to me.—6
If you can remember, thank Oliver for note received to day about Warming; but I have the pamphlet to which he refers. He sent it to me.—7
Has not heard from Mivart; CD is convinced he is a hypocrite.