To J. D. Hooker 11 June 
My dear Hooker
I was glad to see your handwriting this morning.1 I am very sorry to hear an indifferent account of Mrs. Hooker:2 I heard from Miss Pugh (who is here) that she was looking not well.3 How kind Mrs. H. was to Miss Pugh, who by the way is charmed with your Charlie & has repeated to us some of his capital little speeches.4 Emma is at Southampton with Horace (who has got much good from the change) but I have sent your message about trustworthy oldish cook;5 I fear she cannot help. We might have recommended the very woman; but she is going to marry: I wish to Heaven Nat. Selection had produced “neuters”, who would not flirt or marry; I am sure that they would be as useful as neuter Bees. How the Exhibition works you!6 I have had only a glance, & I was not well, & saw nothing, & was dispirited.7 Any time that you are actually inclined to write, I shd. of course be eager to hear about Cameroons.—8
I wish you had time to discuss a little the mundane Glacial period: I still believe it will be the turning point of all recent Geographical distribution. But the case, as I have put it is infinitely weaker than if I had published all the direct evidence of glacial action.9
Did I tell you that pollen placed for 65 hours on the apparent (& I still think real) stigma of Leschenaultia had not protruded a vestige of a tube!! I won’t be beaten & will get a plant.—10
Oliver, the omniscient, has sent me a paper in Bot. Zeitung with most accurate description of all that I saw in Viola.—11
I have had long letter from Asa Gray, (with not one allusion to politicks.(!)) about my orchid book:12 he gives red-hot praise; & did I not know he would not write falsely, I shd. think he was humbugging me; but I am sure he is honest, & his kind sympathy has run away with him.—
Farewell my dear old friend. | C. D.
Sorry to hear of Mrs Hooker’s health and domestic problems. Wishes natural selection had produced neuters who would not flirt or marry.
Will be eager to hear Cameroon results.
Wishes JDH would discuss the "mundane glacial period". Still believes it will be "the turning point of all recent geographical distribution".
Pollen placed for 65 hours on apparent (CD still thinks real) stigma of Leschenaultia has not protruded a vestige of a tube.
"Oliver the omniscient" has produced an article in Botanische Zeitung with accurate account of all CD saw in Viola.
Asa Gray’s "red-hot" praise of Orchids [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 34 (1862): 138–51].
- experiment, scientific observation
- geographical distribution
- geological time, epochs
- information, data, scientific description
- plant physiology
- positive attitude/assessment
- positive self-criticism
- reception of Darwinism
- theory (including philosophy)
- time and age (‘organic’ time)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3597,” accessed on 29 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3597