To Asa Gray 25 December 1874
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
Dec 25. 74
My dear Gray
Many thanks for your kind note of Dec 11.1 I received & read with very great interest your article on the longevity or duration of varieties. This is a subject on which I have long felt interest; tho’ I never before, as far as I can remember connected it with inter-crossing.2 I think you have put the case very well & clearly. I heard lately from Mrs Treat about Utricularia; but she does not go very deep into any subject, & I have very great difficulty in believing some of her statements.3 I have got the whole of my book in M.S, but I do not know how long it will take me to get it ready for the printers; I hope it will be out late in the spring & I will of course send you a copy.4
The death of Mrs Hooker has indeed been a terrible blow. Poor Hooker came here directly after the funeral & bore up manfully.5 I know I would much sooner die than suffer such a loss
My dear Gray | Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin
Read AG’s article [see 9753] on longevity and duration of varieties with great interest.
Death of Mrs Hooker.
Hopes Insectivorous plants will be out in the spring.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9779,” accessed on 26 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9779