From Asa Gray 11 December 1874
Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Mass.
Dec. 11 1874.
My Dear Darwin,
I must be owing you an answer to more than one note, and an apology for being able to do nothing, as I fear, to help you as to either Pinguicula or Utricularia—tho. I tried, by addressing correspondents.1
I should have thought that I had appealed to Mrs. Treat of New Jersey, about Utricularia, but I now find that she has taken up Utricularia, as she says, out of her own head.2 I suppose she is fairly to be relied on—is certainly trustworthy, and very enthusiastic.
The best good wishes for Xmas & New Year to you and yours.—and much good work may you get off this coming year, & later, and pray bring out your Drosera & Dionæa paper.3 My wife4 adds affectionate regards. It would do her good to have one of those hearty laughs with you. But, alas, we are indeed sad, inexpressibly grieved & bleeding at heart for poor dear Hooker in his bereavement.5
You like to glance at little things I throw off, now & then—especially when, as generally happens, your name gets lugged in. I send—through Hooker, a piece of blurred newspaper sheet, the agricultural side of N. Y. Tribune, in which I have popularly discussed the duration of varieties.6 It would please me to think you thought it worth reading through.
Affectionately Yours | Asa Gray
Cannot help with Pinguicula or Utricularia. Mrs Mary Treat is studying Utricularia.
Forwards his short piece on duration of varieties [New York Tribune 8 Dec 1874; Am. J. Sci. 3d ser. 9 (1875): 109–14].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9753,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9753