To J. D. Hooker 7 April 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
Nothing can be kinder or better than Balfour’s letter.1 I am almost ashamed of the hint that I gave.2 I think I must tell Scott that he has no hopes of a foreign appt thro’ you.3 I hate giving you the trouble of writing again but do you think I had better say that you cannot recommend him as you do not know him & have men of your own to recommend or had I better say that Balfour tho’ giving him an excellent character thinks that he is not fitted for a superinten: over other men.
Perhaps this wd be a breach of confidence & I don’t wish to say it. Do advise me.
I feel to a certain limited extent the cause of his misfortunes.4 You have been very kind about him. Altho’ I don’t know how I cd manage affairs here, yet if my health permitted I wd have him here at least for a yr or 2—5
I have so much confidence in him that if there was any where he cd work I wd support him. I fear the millennium may come before a private gentn may want a scientific gardener.
yours affectly | C. Darwin
CD apologises for having asked JDH to help him with Scott and now seeks advice on how to break the news.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4455,” accessed on 24 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4455