To J. D. Hooker [3–17 February 1844]
Down. Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I write a line merely to acknowledge & thank you for your long & to me most agreeable letter & to tell you that I am in communication with Ehrenberg to find out more definitely, what objects he wishes for, and I will let you know in time for you to send me any likely objects to contain infusoria. I know thus far that his chief present object is the geographical range of infusoria, so that I cannot doubt, of all things, he would most value specimens from the Antarctic regions.—
Would not floating sea-weed probably still contain some attached to it— I am astonished at your description of the number of Infusoria in the far-antarctic seas.—
Once again I thank you for your letter, & I can hardly tell you, how much all your facts & opinions interest me.—
In Haste | mp; I can hardly tell you, how much all your facts & opinions interest me.—
In Haste | Believe me | Most truly yours | C. Darwin
PS. | Dr Dieffenbach, the New Zealand traveller,1 (who has translated my Journal into German)2 (& I must with unpardonable vanity boast to you, that it was at the instigation of Liebig3 & Humboldt4 ) wrote to me about the Infusoria at the request of Ehrenberg & to him I have written some further questions.—
I cannot doubt, Ehrenberg would value all your notes & drawings whether imperfect or perfect.
Thanks for information for Ehrenberg.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 735,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-735