From J. D. Hooker [26 February 1862?]1
The box of Melastomads has arrived all safe.2 I hope you paid nothing on this—for carriage but I see 2/6 in red ink on one direction, & there is 1/10 charged here. We are so awfully cheated here by carriers &c &c that I think it best to tell you of this. There is no railway ticket on the box, though you have directed it to go “by rail”. Can you find out what you paid for the box when you received it.—
I had a talk with the D of Argyll about your book on species, he seems to be between two stools—Owen & Lyell3
Ever yours | J D Hooker
Box of Melastomataceae has arrived.
Talked with [Duke of] Argyll about Origin. He is between stools: Owen and Lyell.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3455,” accessed on 27 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3455