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Letter 6964

Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R.

[31 May 1870]
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    Sends enclosure [a letter from Lady Lyell?]. He is choking with vanity.

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    Is going to send Willy to Mr La Touche in Salop; he brought up young Colenso and Frank Lyell. Some of his friends will think he is sending his son into a nest of young adders!

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Kew.

Tuesday

Dear Darwin

I am choking with vanity—& behold the reason of it—enclosed—which I cannot resist the pleasure of sending to you—

I will come & see you as soon as I can, meanwhile your Willy is coming to me on Saturday week I hope.

I am going to send my Willy to Mr La Touche in Salop—a friend of Symonds' & Bentham's, who has brought up young Colenso, & who will have Frank Lyell. I fancy that some of my friends will think I am putting my son into a nest of young Adders!—

Ever yr affec | J D Hooker

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    f1 6964.f1
    The date is established by the date of the enclosure and the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 2 [June 1870]. The first Tuesday after 30 May 1870 was 31 May.
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    f2 6964.f2
    The enclosure, from Hewett Cottrell Watson, was evidently returned to Hooker, probably with CD's letter of 2 [June 1870].
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    f3 6964.f3
    William Erasmus Darwin.
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    f4 6964.f4
    William Henslow Hooker had recently returned from New Zealand (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [22 May 1870]). James Digues La Touche was the vicar of Stokesay, Shropshire. Hooker also refers to William Samuel Symonds, George Bentham, Robert John or Francis Ernest Colenso, and Francis Horner Lyell.
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    f5 6964.f5
    Watson refers to The student's flora of the British Islands (Hooker 1870), published in May 1870 (Publishers' Circular (1870): 328).
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    For Hooker's appendix of excluded species, see Hooker 1870, pp. 475--80. Watson refers to his remarks in A compendium of the Cybele Britannica: or British plants in their geographical relations (Watson 1870, pp. 425--9). The book appeared in November 1870 (Publishers' Circular (1870): 762), but had already been privately published in three parts between 1868 and 1870. CD's annotated copy of the privately published version (Watson 1868--70) is in the Darwin Library--CUL.
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    Watson refers to George Bentham and Bentham 1858 and to Charles Cardale Babington and Babington 1843. Uexata (or vexata) questio: vexed question (Latin).
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    Chenopodium album (fat-hen, or white goosefoot) and C. ficifolium (figleaf goosefoot) are now considered separate species but are known to hybridise in the wild (Chenopodium x zahnii; see Stace 1997, p. 140). Hooker classified C. ficifolium as a subspecies of C. album (Hooker 1870, p. 316). The name Hypericum quadrangulum, which was at the time sometimes applied to plants that are now recognised as different species, is used by Hooker for H. maculatum (imperforate St John's wort) and not for H. tetrapetalum (four-petal St John's wort), the valid name for H. quadrangulum (see Hooker 1870, p. 69, and Robson 1990, p. 136). Hypericum undulatum (wavy St John's wort), classified by Hooker as a subspecies of H. quadrangulum, is now generally considered to be a separate species.
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