To J. D. Hooker 9 January 1873
Down,| Beckenham, Kent.
Jan 9. 1873
My dear Hooker,
First for business.— It wd. be an immense assistance to me if you cd. anyhow get me a plant of Drosophyllum, for it makes me miserable to leave the problem of its structure quite unsolved.1 When I had the plants I cd. see no other experiments to try, but now it is different. Whoever lends me a plant, must permit me to cut off a leaf or two. If you can procure one I think I had better have it soon. With respect to plants with glandular hairs, if you can lend me one with unusually large globular heads, I shd. very much like to experiment on it; but I must remember that I am growing old, otherwise I shd. go on forever with Drosera as I did with barnacles.2
Your letter has been a splendid one & has told me much. You were very good to write at such length. I earnestly hope that you may be elected Pres. of R. S, as it will be a grand answer to Ayrton & Owen; the latter being in my opinion 10 times worse than the former.3 I know it will be a great evil to you, but surely so high an honour will be worth your bearing. In having a Duke4 for an antagonist, your chance of gaining is I shd. think doubtful. If I am alive I will have the satisfaction of giving you my vote. I am particularly obliged for your remarks about the ‘Enigmas of Life’,5 on which subject I was very curious to hear your opinion, & I agree with what you say. It is good news to me that Dyer is going to translate Schacht;6 not that I know the book, but it will be a great advantage to read late German views. I have just received Sachs’ Lehr-buch der Botanik from the author & the 3rd. edit.7 I have looked at parts about wh. I knew something, & it seems admirably done. What confounded fellows those Germans are for producing admirable treatises. If you think Mr. Greg wd. like to come down here some Sunday with you as my protector, we shd. uncommonly like to see him; & we shd. thus catch you in the same net.8
I shall be very glad if you will ask Dyer about absorption by the glandular hairs.— I tried a sol. of Carbonate of Potash, but this produced no effect like C. of Ammonia.—9
Again I thank you for your splendid letter. | Ever yours affecty | C. Darwin
I believe the power of C. of Ammonia on blood of persons bitten by snakes has not been confirmed in India.10
Remember for any parcel my address is
I shd. be informed when parcel sent, that I may send to Station.—
Explains why he wants Drosophyllum.
Hopes JDH will be elected President of Royal Society.
Agrees with JDH on Greg’s Enigmas.
Would like Greg to visit Down if JDH comes as CD’s "protector".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8729,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8729