To J. D. Hooker 16 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
I have been very glad to see Asa Gray’s letter;2 but how I shd have liked to have seen yours to him; if you had been half a man you wd have sent it me, though this wd have been something new in correspondence.3
I have been wonderfully interested about the C. de Verd Alpine plants.4 After giving your Fernando Po case, may I give, in the new Ed. of Origin, the enclosed sentence;5 & if so, return it in enclosed envelope, without adding a word as I know how busy you must be: If I do not receive it back I shall understand that for some reason I must not give it.
I shd have liked beyond any thing to have seen the Hort. Exhib. but without 2 or 3 days hardening in London it wd be impossible for me.6 Do not forget about Caspary,7 & if you can remember it, please say to Decandolle & you can say it with perfect truth, how greatly I regret not seeing him in London.8
My dissipation in London did me no harm, perhaps good, though I have lately had a poorish week; & I enjoyed extremely seeing my old friends at the Royal Soc. & their reception of me pleased me greatly.9 I saw Tyler there & was much struck with his pleasant manner.10 Can you lend me Crawford’s paper on Cult. plants?11 What you say about “twaddle” gives me a shudder for I fear it is applicable to my 2 Chaps on the same subject.12 I have often had it at my pen or tongue’s end to ask you to read these 2 Chapters; but they are fearfully dull; yet I cd not pass the subject over.
I am getting on with my work & have finished correcting but not revising the Origin, which I think I have considerably improved.13 I have now begun again at my other book & am at work on a Chap. on Reversion which to me is a most interesting subject & brimful of my dear little mysterious gemmules.14
Hildebrand of Bonn has sent thro’ me to the Congress a curious paper on the fertilization of Corydalis.15 The horrid man has been taking the bread out of my mouth, as he has out of G. Henslow’s,16 for the Fumariacæ have been a pet subject with me & he has likewise just made out the trimorphism of Oxalis.17
Lastly, but by no means least, we shall be delighted to see Mrs Hooker & yourself & as many children as you have at home at the end of the first week in June or in any part of the 3 following weeks when we shall certainly be at home, & we hope you will be able to give us a week.18
yours affectionately | Ch Darwin
Glad to see Asa Gray’s letter.
Asks whether he may insert a sentence about Cape Verde alpine plants in new edition [4th] of Origin.
Fears "twaddle" may also be the word for his two chapters on cultivated plants. Asks for Crawfurd’s paper.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5091,” accessed on 28 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5091