To J. D. Hooker 1 November 
My dear Hooker
The trees are planted & look very well, but I write now to say that I have despatched carr. pd to London the two empty hampers & 2 mats, which my gardener says are well worth returning.1 What success have you had with Euryiale or any other water lily?2 please remember that I shd like to have the pods to count, weigh, & germinate some of the seeds of the crossed & uncrossed pods. But how to germinate them I shd much wish to know. The main quantity of seed cd be returned if desired.
Did Hoëckel call on you? if so I hope he did not bore much. He is a very nice fellow & a first-rate zoologist but talks atrocious English.3
My dear Hooker | ever yours | Ch Darwin
Requests water-lily pods to count, weigh, and to germinate some of the seeds of the crossed and uncrossed pods.
Hopes Haeckel did not bore him.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5262,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5262