Darwin mentions that Wallace will soon return from the Malay Archipelago.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
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Transcriber: Darwin Correspondence Project website
Transcription date: June 11, 2015
Scrutiny: 11/06/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
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Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
Thanks for your letter: I agree with much of what you say about the amiable reciprocal feelings of nations: but Emma agrees with your last sentence that you wrote in a Mephistophelean spirit. I think you are a bit too hard on Asa Gray; but he evidently tried to be as serve as he civilly could. I knew he was quite wrong about your indifference. --
Thanks, also, for Photograph, who about a fortnight ago we were wishing for; but it does not give your expression & so by no means does you justice. --
What a capital letter of Bates': he is [] evidently a true thinker; it has made me very curious to see your letter; if it contains nothing personal relating to Bates or yourself, might I see it? If so, & you are writing, would you ask him to send it; or I would write; but I thought he might feel scruples without permission in sending it.
The point which you have been discussing is most difficult: I always come, after doubt, to your side. There is one pretty clear line of distinction; -- when many parts of structure as in woodpecker show distinct adaptation to external bodies, it is preposterous to attribute them to effect of climate &c. -- but when a single [] point, alone, as a hooked seed, it is conceivable that it may that have arisen. I have found the study of orchids eminently useful in showing me how nearly all parts of the flower are coadapted for fertilisation by insects, & therefore the result of n[atural]. selection, -- even most trifling details of the structure. I have just, by the way, been studying Mormodes ignea --; it is a prodigy of adaptation; but I had to examine 12 flowers in all sorts of ways, before I made out its mechanism.
I should like to read Oliver's paper, but I am so hard-worked with proofs &c., that I must give it up, till it appears in print. --
[] It is real good news that you will try & come here in Easter; Emma desires to join me in hoping that Mrs Hooker will come also; I fear we cannot take in your children, as all our Boys, & perhaps others, will be at home.
I am pleased to hear that you like Lubbock & Mrs. L.; he is a real good fellow & she is a charmer. --
Farwell, my dear old fellow | Yours afffect[ional]ly. -- | C. Darwin [signature]
Wallace will be home in a month or two. --
Do not forget Lythrum, Saxifrages &c. Avoid Saxifrages with flexuous or woolly hair; but choose a plant with longest straight hairs.
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