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.
- experiment, scientific observation
- fertilisation and generation
- queries / requests
- specimens / samples
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5262,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5262