Thanks for JDH's notes on species sketch. Proposes to drive to Kew to discuss them with him.
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Hooker
I trust you got the C. Verd pamphlet: it is a fine
chance your getting anyone to collect there. I did not write
at the time as I was unwell: I lost all last week by unwellness & the fortnight
before at Shrewsbury & here is more than three weeks gone & nothing to
show for it.— I have studied your sheet of notes on my species-sketch with uncommon interest; they are highly suggestive; I shall bring
them with me, when I come to Kew, as I want to talk over some points & ask a
question or two. You have in truth done me a great service &
kindness.— My object in writing now is to ask you to send me a line by return
of Post, to tell me, whether you are likely to be at Kew on the 25th or
26th instant, for in that case I would come down for a couple of hours
talk. I want to settle my own plans, & this point
Ever Yours | C. Darwin
- f1 1071.f1Hooker was at this time compiling descriptions of the flora of the Cape Verde Islands for inclusion in W. J. Hooker ed. 1849, pp. 86–197. The islands may well have been discussed during Hooker's recent visit to Down, since CD had collected extensively there during the Beagle voyage. Some of his Cape Verde plants are described in Hooker's list (p. 92). The pamphlet mentioned in the letter is probably one of the catalogues of plants used by Hooker for his own descriptions, and lent to CD during Hooker's visit.
- f2 1071.f2Possibly a reference to William Freeman Daniell, an army surgeon stationed on the coast of West Africa, who sent observations and specimens to Kew from 1841 to 1853 (DNB).
- f3 1071.f3Probably the memorandum from J. D. Hooker, [c. 4 March 1847].
- f4 1071.f4Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, Marquis of Northampton, a former president of the Geological Society and president of the Royal Society, 1838–49, who ‘gave receptions at his London house, where his Marchioness was famed as an accomplished and gracious hostess.’ (Geikie 1917, p. 325).