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 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4461