DCP-LETT-2853

# To J. D. Hooker   [2 July 1860]1

## Monday Night—

My dear Hooker

I have read lately so many hostile reviews, that I was beginning to think that perhaps I was wholly in wrong & that Owen was right when he said whole subject would be forgotten in ten years;3 but now that I hear that you & Huxley will fight publicly (which I am sure I never could do) I fully believe that our cause will in the long run prevail. I am glad I was not in Oxford, for I shd. have been overwhelmed, with my stomach in its present state.—

Poor Etty has had one little return of Fever since I left home: but it has not pulled her much back, & I think we shall move her soon.—4

I leave this place on Thursday;5 & would come for one hour between 10 & 11 if that would suit you, but I almost fear from your letter that Thursday will not suit—   If not I would drive over on Wednesday afternoon;6 this would not be quite so good, as I shd lose $\frac{1}{2}$ a day of idleness & baths.—   Let me have one line to say whether you will be at home on Thursday morning. I do not think it would be worth your coming here, for unless I improve much, I am up to very little talking. After seeing you on Thursday I shd. go on by Rail to London & Home.—

God Bless you my dear & most kind friend.—   | Your affect, | C. Darwin

P.S | If you cannot have me on Thursday morning, I think my strongest time for Wednesday will be soon after breakfast, so that I would be with you for about an hour between 10 & eleven; ie if I can receive an answer in time.—   I shd. be very sorry to miss seeing you, but you must not think of altering any arrangement on Thursday for my pleasure.—   You cannot tell how your letter has warmed my soul.—

## Footnotes

1
The letter is clearly a response to the preceding letter, also dated 2 July 1860. Hooker’s letter must have been dispatched early in the morning on Monday, 2 July.
2
See preceding letter.
3
The occasion on which Richard Owen made this remark has not been identified. CD first mentioned Owen’s comment in March 1860 (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 3 March [1860]).
4
The Darwins were planning to leave for Hartfield, Surrey, where two of Emma Darwin’s sisters lived, shortly after CD returned from taking the water-cure at Sudbrook Park. See ‘Journal’ (Appendix II).
5
CD returned to Down on Saturday, 7 July 1860 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). See letter to J. D. Hooker, [3 July 1860].
6
Sudbrook Park was in the village of Richmond, Surrey, only a short distance from Kew, where Hooker lived.

## Summary

CD, ill and despondent about hostile reviews, is cheered by JDH’s account of Oxford battle, particularly by willingness of JDH and Huxley to fight for CD’s theory in public.

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2853
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Sudbrook Park
Source of text
DAR 115: 64
Physical description
6pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2853,” accessed on 26 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2853

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