Responds to CD's criticisms. JDH is sometimes confused as to what he has borrowed from CD.
A thousand thanks for your criticisms— It is not merely that there are no Boreal or Arctic plants in the Mts of Canaries &c, but no gentians, or any of the Alpine Spanish plants as Cruciferæ, Alsineæ, Compositæ &c &c—at least in so far as I believe. It is true there are species of Spartiums &c, which do not grow low down, but they are shrubs &c & do not seem to represent an alpine vegetation. But I must go through Webbs book & tabulate the altitudes &c.
2. I tried hard so to arrange the sentence about savages in Islands, as that it should obviously not apply to Madeira & the Azores &c. I have not a copy by me, of the G. C., & fear I have failed somehow.
Pray go on with such criticisms, they will be most useful
3 Of the groups of Islands with Insects I particularly remember Kerguelen's land, with 5 insects one only winged, if I remember aright, (Dipterous), the moth was apterous and had rudimentary wings.— Ross. says only 5 insects, & 2 winged.
In Auckland & Campbell's Island again, winged Insects were very rare, Excepts
Falkland I forget—
Ascension—little but crickets
Yes Annuals are certainly best adapted for short seasons, & they do abound in cultivated ground in the more equable climates—but there are lots in the uncultivated districts of Australia, Asia Minor Levant—N. Africa & California, & it would not be easy to define their season as short Whereas in Arctic regions, as I have somewhere remarked, there are none or next to none.—& in alpine regions there are very few indeed.
Yes—humid season implies equability, with which an evergreen vegetation is closely connected.
I do remember some passages between us anent Bees & clover in N. Zealand & I don't doubt I was quite right; in screaming at you at the time: indeed I cannot doubt it—. I could not have done so, you see, if you had not been wrong. Owen & the Bp of Oxford have accepted this, however, & so I do now believe in Bees & Clover, but not because you said it!— What I want to know now is, whether you have ever suggested to me that the rarity of irregular flowered plants in general or papilionaceæ in particular in Islands, was due to the rarity of winged insects. In plain truth I feel that I have begged borrowed & stolen such a lot from you, that my ``meum & tuum'' may well be vaguely limited
I must confess that I was (Fanny has just had a fine boy, excuse the interruption) not surprized that your new book should require more space & be much bigger than the origin, & I think it is well that it should have a different form, too. As to the size of the book being out of proportion to the subject, I do not see how that can well be— surely domesticated animals alone would fill a large volume under your treatment, & plants a larger even. This however is no reason why you should not swear at yourself & other book writers too— it can do no harm to yourself & may do great good to the latter
Mrs Hooker has presented me with a fine boy since this letter was begun, & is doing well
Ever yrs aff | J D Hooker
Plumbago not forgotten.
- f1 5358.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letters to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and 15 January . In 1867, the Saturday following 9 January was 12 January.
- f2 5358.f2Hooker refers to CD's criticisms of the first part of his article on insular floras (J. D. Hooker 1866a; see letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January ).
- f3 5358.f3See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 3. Hooker refers to Webb and Berthelot 1836--50; the third volume covered the phytogeography of the Canary Islands. For Hooker's comments on this topic in 1866, see Correspondence vol. 14, letters from J. D. Hooker, [24 July 1866] and 31 July 1866.
- f4 5358.f4See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 4. J. D. Hooker 1866a was published in the Gardeners' Chronicle.
- f5 5358.f5See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 5. Hooker is recalling his observations made on Kerguelen's Land during his 1839 to 1843 Antarctic voyage on the Erebus and Terror with James Clark Ross (see J. D. Hooker 1844--7 and R. Desmond 1999). In A voyage of discovery and research in the southern and Antarctic regions, during the years 1839--43 (Ross 1847, 1: 90), Ross noted several insects on Kerguelen's Land including a `curculio', a small brownish moth, and two flies; he thought, however, there would be more insects in the summer. For earlier correspondence between CD and Hooker on apterous insects, including a moth, on Kerguelen's Land, see Correspondence vol. 5, letter from J. D. Hooker, [before 17 March 1855] and nn. 3 and 4, and Correspondence vol. 14, letter from J. D. Hooker, [24 July 1866] and n. 15; see also Natural selection, p. 292.
- f6 5358.f6Hooker is evidently recalling informal observations of insects made on the Lord Auckland Islands, Campbell's Island, Hermit Island of Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and Ascension Island during his Antarctic voyage; for Hooker's botanical observations on these islands, see J. D. Hooker 1844--7 and R. Desmond 1999.
- f7 5358.f7See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 7.
- f8 5358.f8See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 8.
- f9 5358.f9See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and nn. 9 and 10.
- f10 5358.f10Richard Owen and Samuel Wilberforce.
- f11 5358.f11Hooker refers to his wife, Frances Harriet Hooker, and his newborn son, Reginald Hawthorn Hooker (Allan 1967).
- f12 5358.f12Hooker refers to Variation (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 11).
- f13 5358.f13See letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 January  and n. 12.
- f14 5358.f14CD's annotations are notes for his letter to Hooker of 15 January .