To J. D. Hooker 5 December 
My dear Hooker
I will send tonight (if I can find basket; if not next week) both forms of Mitchella repens, Leersia & some plants of Peloric antirrhinum;1 these you can throw away if you like but they are well worth keeping, & I never saw anybody so pleased with a plant as was Häckel2 with these monsters. I enclose some seeds of a twining Leguminous plant from Southern Brazil which you can throw away if you like; they adhere to the open pod.3 As for the splendid crimson seeds I am going to pass them through a fowl & if they are not ground up & grow you shall have the plants; Müller describes the appearance of the tree as magnificent when in fruit.4 I enjoyed my visit to Kew exceedingly & was only moderately knocked up. I was very glad to see Mrs. Hooker looking so well.5
yours affecately. | Ch. Darwin
P.S. I am ungrateful dog & quite forgot at time to thank Mrs. Hooker for telling me of life of my grandfather, of which I had not heard, but have now got it.—6
Is sending some plants and seeds to JDH.
Thanks Mrs Hooker for telling him of a life of his grandfather [Erasmus Darwin] of which he had not heard.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5295,” accessed on 30 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5295