From J. D. Hooker 7 January 1875
The Drosophyllum goes to day, with full instructions about being forwarded by Messenger.1
I dined with Tyndall Hirst & Spencer at the Athenæum & put the matter of my writing to Mivart before them, & they also most strongly dissuaded me from doing so in any shape, on the ground of the Presidentship.2 All I can say is that I am excessively sorry that I did not think of this myself, before saying anything about it, to you especially— I know well that you & George will not think the worse of me for it—but still I am vexed—
Their opinion is that without cutting him direct I should avoid him, & if he speaks to me should let him feel it: This of course I shall do
Ever yr affec | J D Hooker
Tyndall, T. A. Hirst and Spencer dissuade him from writing to Mivart, but he will let him feel his disapproval.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9807,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9807