To J. D. Hooker 20 October 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I am sorry to trouble you, but will you tell me how I can best send back the large Box.2 Is it not too heavy for Parcels Delivery? Secondly how address it? How to the Library?— You must let me know what the carriage will come to.— I will return all immediately I get your answer, except, perhaps 2d, & except 3d & 4th vols. of Ledebour,3 if you can spare them, but I fear these will be just the Books you are likely most to want. But if you can spare them I will return each vol. as soon as finished.
I shd like also to keep Grisebach.4 also Cybele;5 this latter, probably, can best be spared. Grisebach I have prepared for classifying, but do not care much about.— So please give me orders, which of the above Books I may keep: Ledebour is by far most useful on account of ranges: I think Ledebour will be done by time Box goes.—
I shall be very glad to do 2 or 3 vols. of Decandolle;6 if you will think which wd be best:— I shd think, but will be guided entirely by you, one with some one huge nat. Family, & one with several small ones.—
Also I shd especially be thankful for any Flora of Holland with varieties marked.— These can be sent in about 3 weeks time, as by enclosed address.
Thank you much for enquiring after our children: Etty is better but far from strong:7 Lenny much better, but has attacks of intermittent pulse.8
How busy you appear to be!
Pray give my very kind remembrances to Mrs Hooker; How long it is since I have seen her: I hope she is thoroughily well.
Yours most truly | C. Darwin
I have sent little notice to Gardeners’ Chron. on fertilisation of Kidney Beans:9 I have not yet looked to your case of hybrid kidney Beans.—
You talked of coming here for a Sunday: is there any hope of it? I shd most thoroughily enjoy it & I have a frightful lot of questions to torture you with you unfortunate wretch.—
Cd you lay your hand on paper in which a Fucus is mentioned not capable of crossing reciprocally?10 it is not worth a hunt.—
If you cannot come here you must let me pay you a call of an hour or two, & do some heavy questioning.—
I have just looked at my list of queries, but it is not so tremendous, as I had fancied.—
Returns some of the systematics books borrowed from JDH. Will now take on A. P. and Alphonse de Candolle [Prodromus].
Arrangements for a visit.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2156,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2156