From Henry Holland 25 June 1
My dear Charles,
I have again to thank you for your kindness, in sending me your very valuable paper on the Climbing Plants.2
It is a subject new to me except in the most common facts; & I have read with great interest the researches, by which you raise it to the character of a branch of natural science.— We shall soon have to speak of Animal & Vegetable Instincts as having community in nature & origin.
I heard, & with regret, from Erasmus,3 that you had been less well again, But I know so little of details, that I can do no more than express my earnest wish that you may be speedily relieved.
My best remembrances to Mrs Darwin.4 Ever your’s very truly | H Holland
I shall get some, (though less than usual), of sea-voyage this autumn.— first to the Orkneys with my second Son—5 then to Portugal, to see the Exhibition at Oporto.6 Crossing the B. of Biscay will give me sorrowful recollection of poor Falconer, with whom & Busk I crossed it last Autumn on our way to the Gibraltar Caves7
Thanks for "Climbing plants" [see 4861].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4865,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4865