Refers to enclosure from Asa Gray with whom he can talk calmly now that war is over. North had no right to resort to bloodshed. Startled by Darwin's attendance at Royal Society soirée. Has asked E. B. Tylor to make up questions for consuls and missionaries, through whose wives a lot of most curious information [for Descent?] could be obtained. Tying umbilical cord has always been a mystery to Hooker. John Crawfurd's paper on cultivated plants is shocking twaddle ["On the migration of cultivated plants in reference to ethnology", J. Bot. Br. & Foreign 4 (1866): 317–32]. R. T. Lowe back from Madeira.
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