To J. D. Hooker 26 [July 1863]1
My dear Hooker
Many thanks about Limnanthemium.2
What pleasant letters Asa Gray writes.3 One might as well write to a madman as to him about the war.4 It is a holy war & everything shd. be sacrificed to it.— I never thought of Jesus & absence of family affection:— I hear Rénan has discussed this;—5
I see Henslow says tendrils of Cucurbitaceæ are stipules;6 Gray branches,7 & Thomson leaves—:8 what is a poor devil to believe?
Have you by any chance seed of Lathyrus aphaca: it would be good for my purpose.—9
I am tired so good night— | C. D.
Remember “hot-house Lythrum-like flower.”—10 I am daily crossing my flowers of L. salicaria, & this reminds me.11
Asa Gray writes as if Civil War were a holy war.
J. E. Renan on Jesus [Vie de Jésus (1863)].
Literature on tendrils of Cucurbita is contradictory.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4254,” accessed on 26 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4254