Undergoing hydropathic treatment for his old ailment.
The "Abstract" [Origin] is the cause. Only two chapters to do.
His satisfaction that he believes he has convinced Hooker and Huxley and staggered Lyell.
Moor Park, Farnham | Surrey
My dear Fox
It is long since we have had any communication, so I am tempted to send you a scrap to extract a scrap from you, with news about yourself.— I have been extra bad of late, with the old severe vomiting rather often & much distressing swimming of the head; I have been here a week & shall stay another & it has already done me good. I am taking Pepsine, ie the chief element of the gastric juice, & I think it does me good & at first was charmed with it. My abstract is the cause, I believe of the main part of the ills to which my flesh is heir to; but I have only two more chapters & to correct all, & then I shall be a comparatively free man.— I have had the great satisfaction of converting Hooker & I believe Huxley & I think Lyell is much staggered.
We are a very pleasant party here & are very comfortable & I am glad to
say that not one of D
William is very happy at Cambridge & he has changed into my old rooms & has taken my old engravings & with old Impey, it must be a sort of resurrection.
Let me some time have a note telling me about yourself & belongings
My dear Fox | Ever yours most truly | C. Darwin
- f1 2412.f1Dated by CD's visit to Moor Park hydropathic establishment (see n. 2, below). The only Saturday during the visit on which CD was not travelling to or from Down was 12 February.
- f2 2412.f2CD stayed at Moor Park from 5 to 19 February 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
- f3 2412.f3CD refers to the scandal surrounding Edward Wickstead Lane in 1858, relating to his alleged adultery (see letters to W. D. Fox, 24 June  and 27 June ).
- f4 2412.f4Lane took over Sudbrooke Park in Richmond, Surrey, in 1860 (Metcalfe 1906, p. 56).
- f5 2412.f5Charlotte Langton was Emma Darwin's sister. She and her husband Charles lived at Hartfield Lodge, Hartfield, Sussex. Henrietta Emma Darwin had been ill for much of January (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f6 2412.f6See letter to W. E. Darwin, 15 [October 1858].