From Asa Gray 26 March 1867
26th March, 1867
This is to acknowledge yours of Feb, 28—1
You see I have printed your queries—privately—50 copies—as the best way of putting them where useful answers may be expected.2 Most of them will go into the hands of agents of the Freedmen’s bureau, etc—3 Others to persons I or Wyman may know & rely on I wish I had them sooner. My crony Wyman has been 2 months in Florida4—but will be home again before I could send to him
I did not write the article in the Nation on Popular Lecturing—tho, it contains so many things I have said over and over—that it startled me.5 Then it hits so many nails square on the head that I should think it could be written only in Cambridge or hereabouts—
It is generally supposed to be written by a person in New York but I suspect a person near by here— —only suspect.
There is a short capital, quiet hit at Agassiz in a later number of the Nation6—which Hooker may have sent you.
Yes Magnolia-seeds hang out a-while, in autumn—finally stretch & break the threads of spiral-vessels. Whether birds eat them I dont know. They look enticing & have a pulpy coat— are bitter & spicy7
In haste ever yours | A Gray
Shall I send you more of these circulars?
I shall send to Indian-people too.8
Has printed copies of CD’s queries [on expression] and will distribute them.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5462,” accessed on 24 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5462