His answer to Asa Gray. On Hooker's view of aristocracy. Primogeniture is dreadfully opposed to selection. Orchid book proofs ready soon – has no idea whether it is worth publishing. Huxley on Owen. Feeble letter from J. H. Balfour against Huxley's lectures ["Relation of man to lower animals", pt 2 of Man's place in nature (1863)]. Has received the "astounding" Angraecum sesquipedale with nectary 1ft long: "what insect could suck it?"
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