To Thomas Rivers 5 March 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I write one line just to thank you sincerely for additional information on weeping trees & for your great kindness in writing about the Sophora.2 If you could remember, when you see the Weeping Elm in seed, & would send me a few seed; I would force them on, & see whether they weeped.—3
The double Peach is in beautiful flower & I do hope it may set some fruit. The almond,, alas, has not produced one flower; so I shall have to beg a specimen of a fresh fruit in summer for comparison with fruit of double Peach.4
I have been very unwell (& my hand is tremulous & worse than usual) for last 10 days & have very great fear I must knock off all work & go to Malvern for two months.5 It breaks my heart, with so many things to do & observe.—
Depend on it that Lindley will never let your article pass unpublished.6 I was at Kew about a fortnight ago & was mentioning your kindness, & Dr. Hooker burst out in admiration of your articles.—7
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Thanks for information on weeping trees; asks for a few weeping elm seeds.
The double peach is in flower; the almond has not flowered; will beg a specimen of fruit later.
Has been unwell.
Tells of Hooker’s admiration for TR’s articles.