To J. D. Hooker 15 [June 1855]1
My dear Hooker
I just write one line to say that the Hedysarum2 is come quite safely & thank you for it.—
You cannot imagine what amusement you have given me by naming those 3 grasses: I have just got paper to dry & collect all grasses.— If ever you catch quite a beginner, & want to give him a taste for Botany tell him to make perfect list of some little field or wood. Both Miss Thorley & I agree that it gives a really uncommon interest to the work, having a nice little definite world to work on, instead of the awful abyss & immensity of all British Plants.3
Adios.— I was really consummately impudent to express my opinion, “on retrograde step”,4 & I deserved a good snub, & upon reflexion I am very glad you did not answer me in G. Chronicle.
I have been very much interested with the Florula Juvenalis & I will, I think, send to Godron5 a copy of G. Chronicle.—
I will next year try the Azores seeds, & will therefore sometime get you to give me reference to list of plants of that archipelago.
Once again farewell | C. D.
I have been watching impregnation of Orchideæ & there is something about the visits of insects which quite puzzles me.— The Fly-Ophrys seems hardly ever to get its pollen masses moved at all, & the germens swell when plant has been covered by Bell glass.—
Thanks for Hedysarum.
Pleasure in identifying field plants.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1700,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1700