Returns some of the systematics books borrowed from JDH. Will now take on A. P. and Alphonse de Candolle [Prodromus].
Arrangements for a visit.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I am sorry to trouble you, but will you tell me how I can best send back the large Box. Is it not too heavy for Parcels Delivery? Secondly how address it? How to the Library?— You must let me know what the carriage will come to.— I will return all immediately I get your answer, except, perhaps 2d, & except 3d & 4th vols. of Ledebour, if you can spare them, but I fear these will be just the Books you are likely most to want. But if you can spare them I will return each vol. as soon as finished.
I shall be very glad to do 2 or 3 vols. of Decandolle; if you will think which
Also I shd
Thank you much for enquiring after our children: Etty is better but far from strong: Lenny much better, but has attacks of intermittent pulse.
How busy you appear to be!
Pray give my very kind remembrances to Mrs
Yours most truly | C. Darwin
I have sent little notice to Gardeners' Chron. on fertilisation of Kidney Beans: I have not yet looked to your case of hybrid kidney Beans.—
You talked of coming here for a Sunday: is there any hope of it? I
If you cannot come here you must let me pay you a call of an hour or two, & do some heavy questioning.—
I have just looked at my list of queries, but it is not so tremendous, as I had fancied.—
- f1 2156.f1The year is given by CD's reference to his notice on the fertilisation of kidney beans (letter to Gardeners' Chronicle, 18 October ).
- f2 2156.f2CD was returning several botanical works lent to him by Hooker (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 September ).
- f3 2156.f3Ledebour 1842–53.
- f4 2156.f4Grisebach 1843–4.
- f5 2156.f5Watson 1847–59.
- f6 2156.f6Candolle and Candolle 1824–73.
- f7 2156.f7Henrietta Darwin was at Moor Park, where she was undergoing hydropathic treatment. She returned to Down after ten weeks of therapy on 31 October 1857 (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f8 2156.f8See letter to J. D. Hooker, 30 September .
- f9 2156.f9Letter to Gardeners' Chronicle, 18 October .
- f10 2156.f10Thuret 1854–5.
- f11 2156.f11This is CD's ‘list of queries’ referred to in the letter. It is preserved in DAR 114: 222c.
- f12 2156.f12Adlumia had been mentioned in the letter from Asa Gray, [August 1857], as a plant in which insects could hardly be agents of cross-pollination .
- f13 2156.f13CD refers to Andrew Campbell, a British civil servant in India whom Hooker had met and travelled with during his stay in India (see Correspondence vol. 4). CD was at this time investigating the breeding of yaks (see letter from Robert Schlagintweit, 25 September 1857).
- f14 2156.f14Boreau 1840. CD discussed this query in a note in DAR 47: 192a: ‘Boreau Tom 2. p. 26. Has seen Linum cartharticum with alternate leaves. Is there not division of Linum into 2 sections.’ The note was pasted onto another sheet of paper, and CD wrote: ‘Ch. 7 | Hooker will enquire’. Hooker answered the query in the letter from J. D. Hooker, [6 December 1857]. CD subsequently added in pencil: ‘(not entered)’.
- f15 2156.f15Saint-Hilaire 1847.