To J. D. Hooker 19 [April 1864]
My dear Hooker
I will not plague you about Scott again; but do read enclosed.1 I suppose I am prejudiced in his favour, but it seems to me a good note & only moderately unreasonable— Can you give him any hope of being taken at Kew?2 I do not know how humble a place he would accept—
I am awfully tempted to have him here;3 but Emma begs me rather to send him £100, as she thinks it would have kill me.— Moreover my under gardener is becoming a skilful crosser & most slow & cautious—4 what men these Scotsmen are;5 I have just had a long article on the Origin from an Edinburgh Baker; really wonderful in its originality & knowledge, but oh such spelling “hippothicis”6 &c &c
Flourens has just published a book apparently pitching into me. in grand style—7 I am going on capitally in health & 2 days ago put on a cloth coat.—
Farewell my dear old fellow | C. Darwin
Another plea to take Scott on at Kew. Emma begs CD not to employ him at Down.
Has just received a long article on the Origin from D. J. Brown, an Edinburgh baker [see 4464].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4468,” accessed on 25 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4468