From J. D. Hooker [5 May 1862]1
I have not a Leschenaultia to examine, so pray send me some flowers. I should like to dissect them—2
We have had a regular kick up, & been in a troublous state for some time. We have had all our spoons forks &c to the tune of 80 pieces of silver walked off with; by a nice young man who introduced himself to our maids, & was made so much of that he could not make enough of us without & I have had tears, groans, hysterics, Police inspectors & all the other evidences of civilization in the house. It is all our own faults, wholly & entirely, for not looking better after our servts, doors & establishment. I don’t care a brass farthing for the silver, which I have replaced already (with electro-plate!) but I must confess to a feeling of shame at finding out that my establishment has for some months had the reputation of being not a little disreputable—
Oddly enough, your lovely Teapot, 2 solid silver Candlesticks (which I have long wanted my wife to sell) & various other very expensive articles were left standing by the plate-basket which was emptied. I am disgusted at their not taking the candlesticks, which are of no use to me a bit, & at their assuming your tea-pot to be plated!—or they surely would have taken it.— So “there is no pleasing some people” you will say
The Cameroons’ plants are most interesting, lots of temperate forms descending to 4000 feet, for your private satisfaction— I am drawing up an account of them for Lin Journal.—3 More temperate Abyssinian species than ever.4
The upper region of Cameroons 7–13000 ft, consists of Volcanic cones, exactly like Auvergne according to the sketches our collector has sent home:5 he has sent a fair Journal too— he spent some weeks at 7000 feet.
I had hoped to have had your Willy up ere this, but have been put out by this ugly affair: please tell him I will write very soon.6
Ever yours affec | J D Hooker
Household problems – stolen silver, maids. His house for some months has had reputation for being not a little disreputable.
On Cameroon plants.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3537,” accessed on 16 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3537