Thanks for approval of seed-soaking experiments in Gardeners' Chronicle ["Does sea-water kill seeds?", 26 May 1855; Collected papers 1: 255–8]. They seem not to have convinced Hooker of consequences for geographical distribution.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I am extremely much obliged to you for your note with your account of your experiments in the salting line.— Your approbation in the Gardener's Chron. has been a great satisfaction to me, & has stimulated me to go on trying.
I hope you will state in Gardeners' Chron. (or to me) whether the seeds which
were left for 5 days were quite wet or became partially dry: in the former case
it might, I sh
I had begun to try whether by drying the seeds for a week after immersion, whether they
Hooker seems much interested in these experiments; but they seem to have had very
little influence, or no influence, in making him think that plants thus get distributed,
which I am rather surprised at; & I
With very sincere thanks, pray believe me Your's very sincerely | C. Darwin
Your Peas have come up capitally
- f1 1699.f1In the Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 17, 28 April 1855, p. 278, Berkeley had described his own experiments and urged others to undertake similar investigations.
- f2 1699.f2Berkeley did not discuss this point in his report in Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 35, 1 September 1855, p. 580. In CD's report of his own and Berkeley's experiments, ‘On the action of sea-water on the germination of seeds’ (Collected papers 1: 264–73), CD included this period in the total time of immersion.
- f3 1699.f3See letters to M. J. Berkeley, 7 April  and 11 April . CD's notes on his observations on peas and other vegetables, made between March and September 1855, are in DAR 46.2: 1–26.