From J. D. Hooker [29 December 1861]1
We employ several heaters & have written fully to Mr Cresy about them.2
My wicked conscience smited me about the Gongora when your letter came— I am truly shut up & confess I forgot that very trifling commission.3 I do not give up Acropera luteola—& think I shall find some reference to it yet.4
Do you hear from Asa Gray now? & if so does he with you (as with me) avoid all allusion to politics & war. I do not know your views on this crisis I am with the popular view in this country & do confess I long to see the Yankees well drubbed by us.— I have no further sympathy with the South than that it is the weakest.—& I have no wish to see England break the blockades.5
Willy has returned from his Quarantine—all clear. I think he improves but is singularly backward & childish of his years.6 he is very good & a charming boy in disposition & manners, so generous unselfish & conscientious, like poor dear old Henslow.—7 he has lots of brains, but no power whatever of using them, no memory, & the most volatile disposition of any child I ever saw. The rest are all well.
I have been in bed half day with violent cold to the amazement of the household & 〈3 words illeg and text destroyed〉
Do you want Eul〈ophia〉 〈viridis〉8 Have you any inqu〈iries〉 〈 〉 Otago? Dr Hector 〈 〉 Geolog. Surveyor ea〈 〉 〈 〉 & dines with me on Fri〈day〉 〈 〉 send at once & I will 〈 〉 for his executing any sci〈entific〉 commissions.9
I have been reading J. Haasts survey of N.W. parts of Middle Island. he alludes to extensive drift formations (Glacial) amongst the mountains.10
Oliver gave me enclosed reference possibly worth your consulting
Yours | J D Hooker
Lestibudois Phyllotaxie Anatomique in Ann. Sc. Nat.11
Asks CD whether he hears from Asa Gray. JDH’s opinion of the crisis [Trent case, Nov 1861] and the American Civil War.
Julius von Haast alludes to glacial drift in Middle Island of New Zealand.
Backwardness of JDH’s son, Willy.
Encloses a reference from Daniel Oliver which may be useful.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3374,” accessed on 6 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3374