Thanks for Hedysarum.
Pleasure in identifying field plants.
15th My dear Hooker
I just write one line to say that the Hedysarum is come quite safely & thank you for it.—
You cannot imagine what amusement you have given me by naming those 3 grasses: I have just got paper to dry & collect all grasses.— If ever you catch quite a beginner, & want to give him a taste for Botany tell him to make perfect list of some little field or wood. Both Miss Thorley & I agree that it gives a really uncommon interest to the work, having a nice little definite world to work on, instead of the awful abyss & immensity of all British Plants.
Adios.— I was really consummately impudent to express my opinion, “on retrograde step”, & I deserved a good snub, & upon reflexion I am very glad you did not answer me in G. Chronicle.
I have been very much interested with the Florula Juvenalis & I will, I think, send to Godron a copy of G. Chronicle.—
I will next year try the Azores seeds, & will therefore sometime get you to give me reference to list of plants of that archipelago.
Once again farewell | C. D.
I have been watching impregnation of Orchideæ & there is something about the visits of insects which quite puzzles me.— The Fly-Ophrys seems hardly ever to get its pollen masses moved at all, & the germens swell when plant has been covered by Bell glass.—
- f1 1700.f1Dated on the basis of CD's reference to Godron 1853, which he completed reading on 16 June 1855 (see n. 4, below) and on letter from J. D. Hooker, [6–9 June 1855].
- f2 1700.f2See letters to J. D. Hooker, 27 May  and 5 June , and letter from J. D. Hooker, [6–9 June 1855].
- f3 1700.f3See letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 June .
- f4 1700.f4In his letter to the Gardeners' Chronicle, 21 May , CD had commented on Edward Forbes's theory of continental extension as ‘an almost retrograde step in science—it cuts the knot instead of untying it’.
- f5 1700.f5Dominique Alexandre Godron's Florula Juvenalis (Godron 1853) discusses the introduction of plants by means of wool imported at Port Juvenalis, near Montpellier (see LL 2: 60 n.). CD recorded having read the work on 16 June 1855 (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 12). CD's abstract of Godron 1853 is in DAR 71: 82–4.