To John Scott 11 June 1
As the Abstract has not yet appeared in G. Chron. I sent your corrected copy to Dr. Hooker with the M.S. note on closing of stigma.—2
Dr. Hooker is evidently struck with your observations, & my sending these papers has produced the effect, which I hoped for as probable; for Dr. Hooker says “If I hear of anything at all likely to suit him, I will bear him in mind. If he is a good cultivator, the best place for him is in a good liberal orchid-growers garden like Mr Ruckers”.3 He adds “it is a pity he should throw away his papers on the Bot. Soc. of Edinburgh”. This last sentence you must keep private; & indeed, I would advise you the whole.—
Dr. Hooker thinks that if it is known that you agree at all with my views on species, it is enough to make you unpopular in Edinburgh; so you had better keep your views pretty quiet.—
Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Hooker is impressed by JS’s MS on closing of stigma.
He will help find him a position. Hooker says if it is known that JS agrees with CD’s views, he will be unpopular in Edinburgh.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4212,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4212