From J. D. Hooker [8 November 1873]1
Royal Gardens Kew
I shall always be at home from 9–11 am. so pray choose a day most suitable to yourself, you need not write beforehand—& bring Frank or any one you please (who will perhaps stay after you go)— Sunday is the best day, as no one will disturb us then—2
I have had a weeks cessation of all Nepenthes work, owing to having to get out a paper for 1st. meeting of Linnean last Thursday on a very difficult subject.3 I shall now begin again.
I was trying M. albida in the Hot House the other day & found it wonderfully sensitive compared to what it was in my room—.4 I wonder if the damp heat kept it in the “qui vive”, like a pig before rain! It is in our hottest house now.
I am in a state of temporary inflation— a book just published on the Military operation in Sikkim says of my travels “Never was the Officer Commanding a force favored with a fuller, more able, or more lucid report of a country & it’s inhabitants than I was by the study of Dr Hooker”5
I wonder whether Leonard will ever display such military sagacity & acumen as this Commander in Chief exhibits—;6 & he has his reward, by being made “Keeper of Crown Jewels”7 a sort of Lady’s Maid extraordinary you will say—
Ever yours affec | Jos D Hooker
Has had a week’s cessation of Nepenthes work.
Had to get out a paper for the Linnean Society on Thursday.
Has tried Mimosa albida in hothouse and found it wonderfully sensitive.
A military report from India praises his travel book.