To J. D. Hooker 22 December 1874
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
Dec 22. 74
My dear Hooker
I must write just to say how grateful I feel both to you & Huxley, & how I honour your zeal in a cause in which you are in no way personally concerned.1 I have written a line to Huxley, & have told him that you still feel inclined (as soon as you hear the result of his move) to write direct to Mivart, & that I thought there were some advantages in this plan.2 But Mivart cannot fail to understand, after the message through Mr Roberts, the cause of Huxley’s cutting him, if he does so.3 Your proposed letter seems to me excellent. I shouldn’t be surprised if Mivart acknowledges the article, but he says it was altered,—a dodge which he practiced before, & in this case Murray shall hear that the libel is in fact thrown on the Editor’s shoulders.4 I’ll not write to Mivart until I know the result of what you & Huxley do, & then I will write in the plainest terms & so come to a dead cut.
I should be extremely glad to have another plant of Drosophyllum for there is a very curious point about the different power of the secretion from the tall & short glands, & I was not able before fully to determine this.5 If you can get a plant from Edinburgh, it had better not be sent till the frost is gone, & please ask for it to be address as on the enclosed paper6
My dear old friend | Yours affecly | Ch. Darwin
Expresses his gratitude to JDH and Huxley in the Mivart affair. Thinks he should write directly to Mivart, if Mivart does not retract.
Would be glad to have another Drosophyllum.