J. D. Hooker has described Capt. King's Tierra del Fuego plants and CD's Galapagos plants [in Flora Antarctica, pt 2 (1847)] which have extraordinary interest and novelty.
A malicious person has sent George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, a letter CD had written to J. L. Stokes, containing a derogatory statement likening Grey's expedition to "a set of school boys".
Down. Farnboroug Kent.
My dear FitzRoy.
Many thanks for your letter which I have forwarded to Shrewsbury, as your kind enquiries will I am sure gratify my Father and my two sisters who live with him his health lately has been a good deal shaken— The Antipodes to which you refer, has not altered the style of your letters, as I know by comparison, for a few days ago I found in a bundle of old letters two addressed to me at B. Ayres from you & I have seldom read nicer & kinder letters.—
You will be glad to hear that Cap: King's T. del Fuego plants have at last been published by
Farewell— I hope that you may soon get a ship, & be on your own element again, though it seems a cruel wish— | Ever yours very sincerely— | C. Darwin.
P.S. I sent the Yarmouth Scrap to Lyell as he has worked far more than anyone, on the changes on the English Coast.
- f1 1030.f1The date is inferred from the date of the letter to George Grey, 10 November 1846.
- f2 1030.f2Plants collected on the first Beagle expedition to South America, 1826–30, under the command of Phillip Parker King.
- f3 1030.f3In addition to King's collection, Joseph Dalton Hooker described CD's and his own Tierra del Fuego plants in Flora Antarctica (J. D. Hooker 1844–7).
- f4 1030.f4Hooker had given a taxonomical description of the plants to the Linnean Society in 1845 (J. D. Hooker 1845d), and read a paper on their geographical distribution in December 1846 (J. D. Hooker 1846). CD had just read a preliminary version of J. D. Hooker 1846, see letter to Hooker, [23 November 1846].
- f5 1030.f5Stokes 1846.
- f6 1030.f6Letter to J. L. Stokes, [November–December 1845].
- f7 1030.f7Letter from George Grey, 10 May 1846.
- f8 1030.f8See letter to George Grey, 10 November 1846, n. 3. Grey accepted CD's apology and explanation. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to George Grey, 13 November 1847.