To J. D. Hooker 11 December 
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
Sincere thanks for suggestions; some of which had occurred to me.—1 I will profit by all that I can.—& two or three are excellent hits.
Please tell me soon is it Bamboo or Palm: it grows in your great Hot-house & is used in Java to catch thieves.—2
I do not understand what you mean by “a greyhound will run a Scotch Terrier”.— Nor do I see, why sports in buds or offsets “must necessarily be rare under nature”— But these cannot be important points.— I understand everything else.—
I heard from A. Gray this morning;3 at my suggestion he is going to reprint the 3 Atlantic articles as Pamplet & send 250 copies to England, for which I intend to pay half cost of whole Edition, & shall give away & try to sell by getting a few advertisements put in, & if possible Notices in Periodicals.— A. Gray said he shd. ask you to help, but I have told him that I would gladly pay half cost.—
Ever my dear Hooker | Yours | C. Darwin
David Forbes has been carefully working the Geology of Chile, & as I value praise for accurate observation far higher than for any other quality, forgive (if you can) the insufferable vanity of my copying the last sentence in his note. “I regard your monograph on Chile as without exception one of the finest specimens of geological enquiry”.—4 I feel inclined to strut like a Turkey-cock!
case with your plants: but I shall keep details for my larger work if it ever can be done.—5
On JDH’s suggestions for new edition of Origin.
Gray’s Atlantic Monthly articles to be published [in England] as a pamphlet.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3019,” accessed on 24 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3019