From J. D. Hooker [29 August 1874]1
Royal Gardens Kew
We are just back having spent two days near Stranraer to see the Pinetum at Castle Kennedy, which is very fine.2
Thanks for your letter received in Belfast.3 I too have been hunting for Dionaea in vain.4 Lady Dorothy Neville is your best chance— meanwhile I will send you the best we have5
Lubbock’s Lecture went off admirably— but Huxley’s was the magnum opus of the meeting.6 It was a most capital meeting. Moore brought splendid pitcher-plants.7
Ever yours affec | J.D. Hooker
P.S— The enclosed have just arrived from Mrs Barber Her clever suggestions of the colour being as it was photographed reminds me that Grove ages ago told me that he had seen dead Fish take the colour of an adjacent object—I forget what—but it was after the manner of a photograph.8
The Papilio reminds me of my Indian Tick or the Lizard, which I never have quite persuaded myself to believe in till now!!! I remember telling you of the Grasshoppers on Mt Lebanon which were grey on grey rocks & greener & browner on other situations.9
Lady Dorothy Nevill is CD’s best chance for Dionaea.
Reports on Belfast meeting of BAAS. Lubbock’s lecture went off admirably. Huxley’s was the magnum opus.
Encloses letter from Mrs Barber on protective coloration of animals.