To J. D. Hooker 14 July 1
Down Bromley Kent
Please Read last part. soon. My dear Hooker
The enclosed specimens do not concern me, but perhaps you would like to see them: they are seedling Lathyrus nissolia. In the 3 or 4 I have looked at lower scale-leaf is [DIAGRAM HERE] (a) (B) (C) a); the second alternate (B); & the third with lateral stipules (C)
As these seedlings are about 12 days old, the cotyledons seem never to come out, which if true, tells me, what I did not know how subordinately their function is that of a leaf.2
Many thanks for your last note & answer to my query.3
(N.B I once saw a laburnum tree with terminal flower in each raceme regular or peloric)4
I quite agree with what you say on my nut case:5 the utmost I try to show is that the means of distribution are very imperfectly known, & therefore that anyone must be cautious in arguing for double Creations of insular plants (& in extending continents!).—
I write now to supplicate most earnestly a favour, viz the loan of Boreau Flore du Centre de la France either 1st or 2d Edit, last best.—6 Also “Flora Ratisbonensis by Dr Furnrohr in Naturhist. Topographie von Regenberg 1839.”.7 If you can possibly spare them will you send them at once by enclosed address.— If you have not them, will you send one line by Return of Post. As I must try whether Kippist can anyhow find them, which I fear will be nearly impossible in Linnean Library, in which I know they are.—8
I have been making some calculations about varieties &c. & talking yesterday with Lubbock, he has pointed out to me the grossest blunder which I have made in principle, & which entails 2 or 3 weeks lost work; & I am at a dead lock till I have these Books to go over again, & see what the result of calculation on right principle is.—9 I am the most miserable, bemuddled, stupid Dog in all England, & am ready to cry at vexation at my blindness & presumption.
Ever yours | Most Miserably | C. Darwin
Asks to borrow several Floras. Must redo calculations as John Lubbock has shown him an important error.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2124,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2124