Encloses letter [from A. R. Wallace?] about the Reader.
Wants his opinion of a letter from Fritz Müller on climbing plants.
My dear Hooker
As you asked about the Reader I have thought that you wd like to see the enclosed letter which please return some time When you feel strong enough to read a moderately long letter accompanied with beautiful drawings by Fritz Müller in Brazil on certain climbing plants I shall beg you to read it, for I am in utter perplexity whether it is worth communicating to Linn. Soc. The chief point of interest is, it describes a sub-division of which I saw no instances namely branches being converted into tendrils, but there is of course no sort of hurry. I feel that I am not botanist enough to judge whether it is worth communicating.
Before very long let us hear how you go on. yours very affectionately | C. Darwin
- f1 4907.f1CD enclosed the letter from A. R. Wallace, 2 October 1865, in which Wallace confirmed that the Reader had been sold to a member of the Anthropological Society of London (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 6 October 1865; see also letter from F. H. Hooker, 6 September  and n. 7).
- f2 4907.f2CD refers to the letter from Fritz Müller of 31 August 1865, which he had recently received (see letter to Fritz Müller, 17 October  and n. 1). Eventually, CD sent part of that letter to the Linnean Society, along with extracts from two other letters from Müller (see letter from Fritz Müller, [12 and 31 August, and 10 October 1865] and n. 1). For more on the nature of the correspondence between CD and Müller, see the letter from Fritz Müller, 12 August 1865, nn. 1 and 11. The article included a plate by Müller illustrating three figures of branch-tendrils (see p. 217), but Müller's original drawings have not been found.