From Asa Gray 27 September 1877
Sept. 27. 1877
My Dear Darwin
Returning from our 10 weeks of travel—which has been every way prospered and pleasant—I find your book. I can now barely thank you for it, and for the great compliment of the dedication. I must not open it till Hooker leaves me—a week hence—the work we have to do before we part being so great and pressing Then I shall turn to it, with enjoyment, and as soon as I can find time, I must notice or review it.1
Hooker sends his love— is very glad Cohn has taken up your son’s experiments on Dipsacus.—which reminds me to send my best thanks to him for the copy addressed to me.2 For perusal—even for a glance that too must wait till we have worked up the collections & observations we have made in our journey to the Pacific3
Let me add—being sure of your sympathy—that our poor dog, Max, peacefully breathed his last to-day, after a happy life of 12 or 13 years. We are glad he lived till we returned, & greeted us with his absorbing and touching affection. In a few days came suddenly a partial paralysis—some convulsions—and then a quiet and seemingly painless ending.
He is immortalized in your book on Expression, and will live in the memory of his attached master and mistress.4
Yours ever | Asa Gray
Has received CD’s book [Forms of flowers]; thanks him for the compliment of the dedication.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11155,” accessed on 28 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11155