To J. D. Hooker 25 April 
My dear Hooker
It was very good of you to waste so much time in writing to me about Scott.1 I have written to him not to think of Kew,2 & have advised him to grapple with the difficulties of life, as you advised.— I presume that Scott wished to come to Kew merely as a gardener: anyhow do not for a moment suppose that I ever even hinted to him about my former scheme; I never thought more about it, after your former letter.3 I cannot but think you take a rather hard view of his character; but I will not argue or say another word on subject: I have caused you most unreasonable trouble about him. He has interested me strongly, & I have formed a very high opinion of his intellect. I hope he will at least accept temporary pecuniary assistance from me; but he has hitherto refused.4 Again I thank you most sincerely for all the trouble you have taken.—
You have put me on a capital scent for getting Leersia: I will soon write to Mr Bennett; very many thanks: I must make some sort of tank.—5
I am heartily sorry in every way about Dr Crüger’s death; he promised to make many curious observations.—6
I keep going on very well, though weak; I amuse myself with little observations on odds & ends. Some cowslips have just flowered which give a pretty proof of difference of power of so-called by me homomorphic & heteromorphic pollen:7 I fertilised some cowslips with own-form pollen & 24 hours afterwards put on some polyanthus pollen; & now 29 of the seedlings have flowered & every one is red, showing that all have been crossed by polyanthus & not one is true cowslip.—8 Whenever you write, (but that must not be soon) tell me a little what you are chiefly doing in science.—
I have been reading up some old numbers of Nat. Hist. R:9 what an admirable periodical it is.
Farewell my good friend | C. Darwin
CD thinks JDH takes a hard view of Scott’s character, but will not argue further.
Working on homomorphic and heteromorphic crosses in Primula.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4471,” accessed on 9 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4471