[] Kew J[anuar]y 14/76 My Dear [Asa] Gray I am now writing to thank Waldo Ross for a nice barrel of Apples for which he tells me I have to thank in part your kind thoughts -- they have come in most acceptably[?] I assure you at this season of "boys at home". I have yours’ of Dec[ember] 6 -- too long unanswered. Thanks for the second copy of Aestivation *1 which I quite agree to -- I only wish that the thing had been put before B[entham?]. & I in the same way earlier in the day. [] No you never explained to me before that element in the publication of Miscellanea -- viz the keeping material out of bad hands; it outweighs all others in my mind. & I bow to the ground before it. I am very glad to see your notes in Decaisne[']s excellent Pirus essay. D[ecaisne's]: work is always beautiful, but over--wrought. [Henri Ernest] Baillon has somewhere insisted on a grave error in some of D[ecaisne]’s observations: the position of the ovules --I forget what. I find Baillon[']s work on Phytolacceae, which I have just finished, a wretched réchauffé of Moq[uin].Tandon [] which is itself very bad. Baillon’s Histoire [des Plantes] is a damnatory work -I am puzzled what to do with Stegnosperma -- you know we keep up Paronychieae & have put Limeum & Gisekia [Gisechia] into Mollugineae (Ficordeae). I have done Nyotaginea & had a dreadful task with Mirabilis Oxybaphus & Co. & with Bentham[']s agreement[?] kept Mirabilis for the big flowers & Oxybaphus for the small! -- a wretched compromise. I will if you care for it send you the clavis. I have examined every species of all. I think that your var[ieties]. of O. Cervantesii, are good species, & both [] different from O. Cervantesii. I send note herewith. I am now at Paronychieae. Bentham at Labiatae which finish the vol[ume]. We are printing Acanthaceae which will be followed by the Verbenaceae. You perplex me sorely by your entreaty that I should cross the water to you. How can I with 6 children on my hands? Hardy is I expect going over in July -- & I should so much like to accompany him. Though he would go to New--York & I to you. As it is I am sore put to to[sic] keep matters straight here. Parish[?] is all I could hope for, but [] Diggs has just given us another grant to print -- the Catalogue of Scientific Papers for the decade 1863--73 (it will cost about £2000 I suppose). There are near 100,000 entries. Bentham is just recovered from a cold that had an ugly appearance; & is I think all right again. Munro has settled near Taunton. Thomson has been very very ill, he is quite a valetudinarian now, living near Maidstone. Darwin is very well for him. Ever dear Gray | Affect[ionatel]y y[ou]rs | Jos D Hooker [signature] ENDNOTES 1. Aestivation and Terminology. Gray, Asa (1875). Please note that work on this transcript is ongoing. Users are advised to study electronic image(s) of this document where possible.