From J. D. Hooker [23 November 1864]1
Royal Gardens Kew
My dear Darwin
I examined the Dicentra on arrival or soon after, as did Oliver & Thomson, & we independently concluded that the tendrils were foliar.2
I well remember examining the plant with you at Down & finding no evidence of the tendrils there being other than axial: the probable explanation is that the axis or branch was arrested—& left no trace (observed by us) of its existence. Of course the thing must be looked at again next spring—but meanwhile the tendrils in question are foliar & nothing else.
I had no idea that you were waiting an answer, there was nothing to hinder my answering long ago.
I have just seen the proof of your Lythrum paper & am going to complain of delay in bringing out journal 〈 〉 & am determined to have it appear at fixed times & 〈 〉 punctually.3 Your Lythrum paper is an extraordinary 〈 〉 I had no idea how full of matter it was. There are many points I should like to talk to you about but never shall.
Shall you come up on the 30th.?4 if you do I think I should go to R.S. Anniversary to catch a glimpse of you. I have not got over the shock of your getting the Copley— I had so made up my mind that you were too far ahead of your day to be appreciated, that I was 〈 〉ted,— I thought it took 〈 〉 like me & Huxley & Lubbock5 〈to〉 see so far ahead as you are 〈of〉 the ruck of candidates who the Council bring forward for 〈 〉 medals.—6 However it is best as it is!!! & I am resigned to the feeling, that if they could not appreciate you, they could appreciate (or fear) the opinions of those who brought you forward. I am curious to see the Presidents address.7
Tyndalls child-like delight with his award is charming.8 I sometimes think him the vainest man I ever met & at others the very simplest—& on the same grounds!
I saw J E Gray9 yesterday he has disease of prostate— he ignores it, says he supposes it is stone but will not be sounded—because he does not want to know that he has stone—10 What a queer illogical process some fellows derive comfort from. I could not help thinking, when he told me all this; this is just the way you treat yourself in the matter of your Genera &c
Carpenter11 has been dangerously ill of renal disease, but is much better. Mrs Boott12 too has been in bed for a month with Bronchitis— I have engaged to complete her husbands work on Carices which is left half finished—& have just arranged the materials for doing so. The last volume with 189 plates has to be brought out,—of which about 150 coppers are engraved & the mss nearly complete— It will cost me about £300 & I must force a sale to cover it— Boott intended to have left funds to cover all expences, but the American war has left Mrs Boott but poorly off.13 Apropos of what you once asked me about, Mrs Boott told me the 〈other〉 day that Dr Darwin supervi〈sed〉 her mothers (Mrs Hardcastles〈)〉 Education, & M H. also expressed deep gratitude 〈to〉 him for the direction given to her mind, especially in a love for Nat Hist. Now she is ill & her features shrunk I can fancy I see a strong likeness in brow, superciliary arches & lips to the likenesses of Dr Darwin.14
I became a Great Uncle the other day—and am all the younger for it.15
Ev yr affectionate | J D Hooker
〈I have〉 been re-reading McLeays 〈 〉 Entomologicæ, with immense 〈in〉terest & pleasure.16
The Clematis Bentham says is probably rightly named, & is what B. has called C. microphylla var. leptophylla.17
JDH’s "shock" that CD was awarded the Copley Medal.
Oliver, Thomson and JDH independently concur mature tendrils of Dicentra are foliar, though JDH remembers they were axial in the spring. Expects he and CD were fooled, but will have to look again next spring.
Praises CD’s Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].
JDH completing F. Boott’s work on Carex [Illustrations of the genus Carex].
JDH now does suspect Mrs Boott is illegitimate daughter of Dr Erasmus Darwin [see 4389].
- higher groupings (‘family’, ‘class’, ‘order’ etc)
- movements and habits of plants
- plant physiology
- positive attitude/assessment
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4667,” accessed on 25 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4667