From Francis Boott 22 December 1
24 Gower St.
My Dear Darwin
I have just recd the enclosed from Gray, who in alluding to the War tells me they have no idea of giving up. tho’ the state of their finance I think must suggest the necessity of it sooner or later.2 I have just recd a bill at the exchange of 146—3
I have never thanked you for your work on the Orchidiæ—which I read with wonder & admiration.4 It confirms my faith that White of Selborne bequeathes his mantle to you—5
I do not know whether Dear Henslow saw your sagacious interpretation, but I am quite sure that it adds to the joys which he & White & Linneus have in Heaven, for I cannot believe such pure spirits have ceased to exist,6
I hope you are well | Yrs sincerely | F. Boott
C. Darwin Esqre
Has had news from Asa Gray about Civil War.
Belatedly thanks CD for Orchids, which shows CD to be the successor to Gilbert White.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3873,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3873