JDH to be appointed Assistant Director at Kew.
On where to publish seed-salting paper. Floating problem perhaps more important than germination.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Hooker
I have just received your note. I am most sincerely & heartily glad at the news
it contains & so is my wife. Though the income is but
a poor one, yet the certainty, I hope, is satisfactory to yourself &
Just to answer your remarks in your note. The article on Job, is in Westminster Review,
October 1853, article IV: I could lend it you, & bring
it up with me, if you can wait, for I doubt whether I shall come up for next Philos.
Club for that is the day, when about 40 salted seeds “come
due”, & you wd
As the Gardeners' Chronicle put in my question, & took notice of
it, I think I am bound to send, which I had thought of doing
next week, my first report to Lindley to give him the option
of inserting it; but I think it likely that he may not think it fit for a Gardening
periodical. When my experiments are ended, (shd the results appear
worthy) & shd
Thanks for information about Kerguelen insects; it will save me plaguing the museum men.— The two sexes of moth is very curious.—
I hope you managed a good meeting at the Club.— The Treasurership must be a
plague to you, & I hope you will not be Treasurer for long; I know I
I will not mention subject of Directorship to anyone.—
- f1 1680.f1Hooker had been appointed assistant director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The appointment was not officially announced until July (see Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 27, 7 July 1855, pp. 451–2).
- f2 1680.f2An allusion to Hooker's disappointment at losing the election to the chair of botany at Edinburgh University in 1845 (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to J. D. Hooker, [5 or 12 November 1845]).
- f3 1680.f3An anonymous article published in the Westminster Review n.s. 4 (1853): 417–50, praising the new school of biblical criticism emerging in Germany. The author was James Anthony Froude (Wellesley Index 3: 620). Froude complained that English scholars shrank from investigating the Bible as a secular text.
- f4 1680.f4See letters to Gardeners' Chronicle, 11 April , and to J. D. Hooker, 19 April .
- f5 1680.f5John Lindley was editor of the Gardeners' Chronicle.
- f6 1680.f6CD's report, ‘Does sea-water kill seeds?’, was published in the Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette on 26 May 1855 (see letter to Gardeners' Chronicle, 21 May ). CD presented a more extensive report at the Linnean Society on 6 May 1856 (see Collected papers 1: 264–73).
- f7 1680.f7See letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 March , and letter from J. D. Hooker, [before 17 March 1855] and n. 4.
- f8 1680.f8Probably the single species of moth found by Hooker on Kerguelen Land and mentioned in Natural selection, p. 292. Hooker described it as apterous (letter from J. D. Hooker, [before 17 March 1855]).
- f9 1680.f9Edward William Binney had published extensively on the Midland coal formations and their plants. He and Hooker had written a paper on fossil plants in bituminous formations (Binney and Hooker 1855). See letter from J. D. Hooker, 25 August 1854. Binney was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1856.