To J. D. Hooker 15 [June 1855]1
My dear Hooker
I just write one line to say that the Hedysarum2 is come quite safely & thank you for it.—
You cannot imagine what amusement you have given me by naming those 3 grasses: I have just got paper to dry & collect all grasses.— If ever you catch quite a beginner, & want to give him a taste for Botany tell him to make perfect list of some little field or wood. Both Miss Thorley & I agree that it gives a really uncommon interest to the work, having a nice little definite world to work on, instead of the awful abyss & immensity of all British Plants.3
Adios.— I was really consummately impudent to express my opinion, “on retrograde step”,4 & I deserved a good snub, & upon reflexion I am very glad you did not answer me in G. Chronicle.
I have been very much interested with the Florula Juvenalis & I will, I think, send to Godron5 a copy of G. Chronicle.—
I will next year try the Azores seeds, & will therefore sometime get you to give me reference to list of plants of that archipelago.
Once again farewell | C. D.
I have been watching impregnation of Orchideæ & there is something about the visits of insects which quite puzzles me.— The Fly-Ophrys seems hardly ever to get its pollen masses moved at all, & the germens swell when plant has been covered by Bell glass.—
Thanks for Hedysarum.
Pleasure in identifying field plants.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1700,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1700