To J. D. Hooker 12 July 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear old friend—
I write merely to thank you for your note2 & to say that I have not heard from the Neilgherry planter; so on your return, if I do not hear first, will you direct your agent to look out for a ship for J. Scott.—3
Good Lord what a day’s work you had on that on which you wrote to me.— I do truly hope that the mountain air (in which there certainly is a strange charm) may do you a deal of good & Mrs. Hooker.—4 It is great news that you have given up the Examinership:5 I am very curious to hear whether you wrote the pleasant article in N. H. R. on Beech & Oak trees never producing flowers.—6
Remember me very kindly to Harvey & stir him up to publish his disagreeable monstrous plants.7
How glad I shall be to see you here, when you can come with some ease.— 8
Farewell I have no news of any kind,— I do an hour or two’s work daily at my climbers & hope in a month to finish—9
By the way I had a grand letter this morning from a very good German Zoologist E. Haëcke, who maintains that all the best of the younger men are enthusiasts for natural selection, & that Germany will soon beat England in this respect.10 Hurrah & Farewell | Ever yours | affectionately | C. Darwin
Ernst Haeckel writes that young German scientists are enthusiastic for natural selection.
Did JDH write the article in Natural History Review on trees not producing flowers ["Botanical lesson books", (1864): 355–69]?
Encourages Harvey to publish on his "disagreeable" monster plants.