From J. D. Hooker 20 January 1867
Prof. Miquel of Utrecht begs me to ask you for your Carte— & offers his in return. I grieve to bother you on such a subject— I am sick & tired of this Carte Correspondence.1
I cannot conceive what Humboldts Pyrenean violet is, no such is mentioned in Webb, & no alpine one at all.2
I am sorry that I forgot to mention the stronger African affinity of the Eastern Canary Islds.—3 Thank you for mentioning it.
I cannot admit without further analysis, that most of the peculiar Atlantic Isld. genera were derived from Europe & have since become extinct there. I have rather thought that many are only altered forms of Existing European genera: but this is a very difficult point & would require a careful study of each genus & allies with this object in view—4 the subject has often presented itself to me as a grand one for analytic Botany. No doubt its establishment would account for the [community] of the peculiar genera, on the several groups & Islets, but whilst so many species are common we must allow for a good deal of intermigration of peculiar genera too
By Jove I will write out next mail to the Governor of St Helena for boxes of earth; & you shall have them to grow.5
Thanks for telling me of having suggested to me the working out of proportions of plants with irregular flowers in Islands;6—I thought it was a deuced deal too good an idea to have arisen spontaneously in my block, though I did not recollect your having done so no doubt your suggestion was crystallized in some corner of my sensorium. I should like to work out the point.
My wife goes on well but has a horrid face-ache.— & Reginald blooms & squeaks.7
This awful weather has terribly damaged us.8
Ever Yrs aff | J D Hooker
Have you Kerguelan land amongst your Volcanic Islds.—9 I have a curious book of a sealer who was wrecked on the Islands & who mentions a Volcanic Mt & hot Springs at the S.W. end: it is called the “Wreck of the Favrite”10
His view of CD’s hypothesis that Atlantic island genera are descended from extinct European plants.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5372,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5372