To J. D. Hooker 13 April 
My dear Hooker
Cordial thanks for your excellent advice about Scott.—1 I have written to him, merely saying that I know that you wd. aid him, if in your power; but that he must not in the least trust to this in looking to the future; that you had men of your own to recommend, & that you did not know him personally.—2 I see there is no help, but it is really a pity that an indomitable worker shd. not be able to follow out laborious researches, which no one else will probably for years undertake.3 Again I thank you sincerely.— I have asked Scott to tell me his plans
When you write to Chief Baron, pray thank him with my sincere respect for his kind enquiries after me.—4 I really begin to hope that I shall recover & work again— Dr. Jenner has done me much good & is, I am sure, a most able doctor:5 drinking very little—enormous quantities of chalk, magnesia & Carb. of Ammonia has checked the vomiting wonderfully & I am gaining vigour.6 I can now read a very little & am beginning a sort of work, (not exciting!) viz counting the seeds in capsules of Lythrum. I believe in a fortnight, if I do not go back, I shall dictate my paper on Lythrum!!!!—7
I have been wonderfully interested by Oliver’s paper on Dimorphic flowers which has been read to me—8 How I shd like to cultivate Leersia—9 Could I grow it in a large shallow tub? Have you seed? Could you tell me any Botanist in Sussex or Hampshire to whom I could write & who could send me plants? or is it hopeless?— That the perfect flowers shd. not be fertile is wondrous, & I shd. like to examine into the case.—10 I am educating my under gardener into an expert experimentalist.—11
Farewell my dear & best of old friends | Ever yours affect | C. Darwin
CD has told Scott not to hope for help from JDH.
Hopes to write Lythrum paper soon.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4461,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4461