To J. D. Hooker 25 April 
My dear Hooker
It was very good of you to waste so much time in writing to me about Scott.1 I have written to him not to think of Kew,2 & have advised him to grapple with the difficulties of life, as you advised.— I presume that Scott wished to come to Kew merely as a gardener: anyhow do not for a moment suppose that I ever even hinted to him about my former scheme; I never thought more about it, after your former letter.3 I cannot but think you take a rather hard view of his character; but I will not argue or say another word on subject: I have caused you most unreasonable trouble about him. He has interested me strongly, & I have formed a very high opinion of his intellect. I hope he will at least accept temporary pecuniary assistance from me; but he has hitherto refused.4 Again I thank you most sincerely for all the trouble you have taken.—
You have put me on a capital scent for getting Leersia: I will soon write to Mr Bennett; very many thanks: I must make some sort of tank.—5
I am heartily sorry in every way about Dr Crüger’s death; he promised to make many curious observations.—6
I keep going on very well, though weak; I amuse myself with little observations on odds & ends. Some cowslips have just flowered which give a pretty proof of difference of power of so-called by me homomorphic & heteromorphic pollen:7 I fertilised some cowslips with own-form pollen & 24 hours afterwards put on some polyanthus pollen; & now 29 of the seedlings have flowered & every one is red, showing that all have been crossed by polyanthus & not one is true cowslip.—8 Whenever you write, (but that must not be soon) tell me a little what you are chiefly doing in science.—
I have been reading up some old numbers of Nat. Hist. R:9 what an admirable periodical it is.
Farewell my good friend | C. Darwin
CD thinks JDH takes a hard view of Scott’s character, but will not argue further.
Working on homomorphic and heteromorphic crosses in Primula.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4471,” accessed on 24 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4471