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Letter 13787

Darwin, C. R. to Cresy, Edward, Jr

26 [Dec 1843 – Apr 1846] or [Sept 1855 – Oct 1860?]


Says Hooker does not want plant.


Down, Bromley, Kent.


My dear Sir,

In answer to 2 or 3 letters of mine I heard only this morning from Dr.  Hooker, who desires me to thank you particularly for offer of plant, but they do not want any.f2 He says he has been so overwhelmed with work, that he really could not write before.

In Haste, | Yours sincerely, | C. Darwin.

DAR 143: 311



The date is conjectured by the address, the reference to Joseph Dalton Hooker, and the salutation. CD moved to Down in September 1842 and used the Down, Bromley, Kent address until April 1846 and then again from after August 1855 until 1869. He also used this address in the second half of 1853. Hooker returned from his Antarctic expedition in September 1843 (R. Desmond 1999, p. 85); CD appears to have written to him for the first time in November (see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to J. D. Hooker, [13 or 20 November 1843]). CD started addressing Cresy as ‘Dear Cresy’ in his letters rather than ‘My dear sir’ in November 1860.
The letters referred to have not been found, and the plant has not been identified. ‘Dr. Hooker’ is J. D. Hooker, assistant director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 1855 to 1865.
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