To J. D. Hooker [9 November 1873]1
2. Bryanston St | Portman Sqr
Sunday | Evening
My dear Hooker
I was awfully tired when I got home, but am now rested, & I so enjoyed my visit & it was so profitable that it was worth any amount of fatigue.2
I have been reflecting much about Eucalyptus & I think several species wd. be worth experimenting on, if you can let me have them, which is not likely. So I send amended list & I have added the other Memoranda.—3
Mimosa albida will be worth its weight in diamonds.4 We go home on Tuesday morning, (18th) quite early in the morning so it must be sent here on Monday evening.5
If you can get me Neptunia it will be worth more than diamonds.6 We shall all be delighted to see you to luncheon on Thursday, or any day7
Yours affect | C. Darwin
(1) E. Goniocalyx
(2) The rather tall plant in small pot with both horizontal & vertical leaves, unnamed.
(3) E. obliqua or E. eudesmioides.
(4) E. Cordata
(5) Any species with vertical leaves whilst young & with no apparent bloom, like that from Mr W Saunders8
(6) Any species with vertical leaves & with good bloom: (perhaps there is not such a one) whilst young.
(7) As I have young plant of E. globulus, will you gather me a twig with vertical leaves from old plant of E. globulus—& stick it in the damp soil of one of pots.9
(8) Any Acacia with vertical false-leaves (such as A. cultriformis) & good bloom.10
Dried leaves of glabrous Littoral British plants
Strike the hardy Desmodium.
Good Heavens how unreasonable I am!! | C. D.
Returned from visit.
Thinks several species of Eucalyptus would be worth experimenting on. Sends list.Mimosa albida would be worth its weight in diamonds. Neptunia worth more than diamonds.