A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Transcriber: Darwin Correspondence Project website
Transcription date: April 29, 2015
Scrutiny: 29/04/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
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Sunday May 15/64
My dear Hooker,
We hear that you have returned & that they at Barlaston enjoyed your visit & that you begrimed yourself with old dirty casts. I am to that degree presumptuous that instead of amusing myself by scribbling to you, I most days write a few paragraphs or sentences at my Lythrum paper, which I hope to send to Linn[ean]. Soc[iety]. this session -- Everything comes out very clearly. -- As you are working, you poor wretch, at Melastomas, I suppose you will soon come to Lythraceae; [] in looking at species with large flowers remember different lengths of pistils & stamens & if possible let me see. The Lagerstroemia has flowered with me & by analogy is mid-styled & sh[oul]d have 2 other forms. --
I was very glad to get your last one with good news about Bates' place; but I fear it will send his Nat[ural]. Hist[ory]. papers. By the way what a capital paper that was by Wallace.
Your suggestion about Mr. Bennett [] & Leersia has fructified & I shall get plants when they are up. --
Thanks for the letter from N[orth]. America forwarded to me . --
Your penultimate letter told me much about yourself, which I wished much to hear. --
I have now been more than a month without sickness, but I do not at all rapidly grow strong, & have to go to bed 2 or 3 times per day. -- But it makes a wonderful difference in my life, that I can now occupy myself a little with [] old pursuits & read a little.
Farewell my dear old friend | C. Darwin [signature]
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