Has received JDH's book [Himalayan journals (1854)]. Is very gratified by the dedication to him.
My dear Hooker
I do not know what to say— I have within these few minutes received your
Book, & after admiring some of the illustrations, I
fell on the Dedication to me.— My dear Hooker, you
have gratified me, more than I can speak, but really it is altogether too great a
compliment to me.— Only fancy that I should live to have a Book,
dedicated to me,—& such a book, so beautiful &
magnificent.— I have not even read the Title-Page nor looked at all the
illustrations, & now Emma has seized on the Book.
Most of the illustrations seem to me quite beautiful: there is a capital
woodcut, showing the great plain in an admirable manner,— it reminds me of the Pampas from the Andes.— Your book will
delightfully last me for a long time, & I shall begin this evening, &
lay aside the Salt-Lake Book.— What a sum of money
the whole must have cost! I had no idea whatever that it would be so
splendid,—And that I should have such a book dedicated to me.— Well,
my dear Hooker, I thank you from my heart, & M
I wish I felt more worthy of the honour, but I am so far worthy, that I am & have long been, my dear Hooker, your very affectionate friend | C. Darwin
I see that the Dedication has put it out of my head even to thank you for this beautiful present of the Book itself—
- f1 1552f.f1The date is established by the publication date of Hooker 1854 (see n. 2, below), and by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Charles Lyell, 18 February  (Correspondence vol. 5), in which there is a reference to the dedication in Hooker 1854. In 1854, 9 and 16 February were Thursdays.
- f2 1552f.f2Hooker's Himalayan journals (Hooker 1854) was published in mid-February 1854 (Publishers' Circular 1854). An annotated copy is in the Darwin Library--CUL (see Marginalia 1: 392--3). CD recorded it under the heading `Books read' in his reading notebooks on 7 March 1854 (see Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 8).
- f3 1552f.f3The dedication reads: `To Charles Darwin, F.R.S., &c. These Volumes are Dedicated, by his affectionate friend, J. D. Hooker. Kew, Jan. 12th, 1854' (Hooker 1854, 1: [v]).
- f4 1552f.f4Emma Darwin.
- f5 1552f.f5CD may refer to a fold-out lithograph, `Tibet and Cholamoo Lakes from Donkia Pass', in volume 2 of Hooker 1854, facing page 124.
- f6 1552f.f6CD recorded Stansbury 1852, An expedition to the valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah, under the heading `Books read' in his reading notebooks on 23 March 1854 (see Correspondence 4, Appendix IV, 128: 8).
- f7 1552f.f7In his Life and letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (L. Huxley 1918, 2: 190), Leonard Huxley wrote of Frances Harriet Hooker: `As a good writer of English, she constantly aided him in his writing and correction of proofs, where he relied greatly on her judgment.'