To J. D. Hooker 8 January 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Hooker
There can be no doubt that the men whom you have consulted are excellent judges, & that it wd be very rash of you not to follow their advice.2 Do not say that you regret having told me of your wish & intentions; for I shall always think of your & Huxleys sympathy & aid with the deepest satisfaction.—3 As you are not to write I am all the more inclined to do so, but my wife & George think (like Huxley) that I had better not, & perhaps I shall succomb. Anyhow I will write a savage letter & that will do me some good, if I do not send it!
Drosophyllum has arrived all safe, & I long to see the glands secreting.4
Oliver writes that he is going to send me the dried specimens of Genlisea & I heartily thank him & you.— He tells me of some German paper about Aldrovanda & Utricularia,— if by Cohn I have it.—5
My dear old friend | yours affecty | Ch Darwin
I do not think that there is any risk, but it frightens me to imagine the parcel of Genlisea lost on the Railway.
JDH would be rash not to follow advice of his friends. [CD’s] wife and George oppose his writing to Mivart.