From J. D. Hooker [31 December 1862]1
It is rather jolly this writing about matters non-scientific— let’s give up Science when you have done the 3 vols & take to gossip.2 I quite agree with you that a holiday is an unendurable bore,3 but depend on it that is because we have no vices to indulge in, & if you will only join me in some good vice, such as talking about & writing about what will do no good to our neighbours & some harm to ourselves—we shall get on capitally, & scratch away. As luck would have it—I put aside the Ducal critique for a more careful reading with the Article itself.— I read the article itself, & in turn forgot I had put aside the smasher, which by a curious coincidence I stumbled upon yesterday, the day you wrote to me! so here it is. I congratulate you on so clever logical & acute a relative—4 Have I not met him at Down? many years ago.
I saw Mr Froud5 yesterday for first time at my Cousins wedding— what a singularly magnetic man he is to look at & talk (2 words) to; I think Frank P. has married a nice girl of a nice family.6
I have a great mind to send the Parthenon a s〈creed〉7 —The only 7 times I ap〈plied〉 for information at b〈ritish museum〉 I got none whatever 〈and on one〉 occasion the attendant could not find the Natural Order Cruciferæ!— The last time I went I found the invaluable plants of Loureiro,8 the only authentic scraps for identifying genera which it is impossible to make out by descriptions, in such a state of dirt, disorder & confusion that I came away determining never to try there again.
Ever Yrs affec | J D Hooker
JDH’s impression on meeting [J. A.] Froud[e].
CD’s projected three volume work.
Complains at poor state of some [unspecified] plant collection.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3890,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3890