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Letter 2672

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D.

[22 Jan 1860]

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    Very pleased with Asa Gray's letter to JDH [see 2638], which is "rich on Agassiz".


Down. Bromley Kent


My dear Hooker

What a splendid, magnificent letter from Asa Gray! I should out of pure vanity rather like to keep first sheet, so do not throw it away.— It is rich about Agassiz.

I mean to come to London on Tuesday evening for the vain purpose of consulting a new Doctor for my stomach; & for the Club on Thursday, where, if I can possibly, attend, I very much hope to see you. What a time it is since I have seen you my dear old friend, & such kind & generous sympathy you have shown me.—

God Bless you | Yours affect | C. Darwin

I tried to come up last Thursday to dine at Athenæum with you Naturalists, but failed.

I hope Lady Hooker goes on favourably.—

Is there a cool-greenhouse Goodenia, so that I could get a plant & examine the process of impregnation?

A capital clear article in todays Gardener Ch. I suppose by you.—

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    f1 2672.f1
    Dated by the reference to CD's intention to attend a meeting of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society (see n. 5, below) and to the review of Origin in the Gardeners' Chronicle (see n. 8, below).
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    f2 2672.f2
    See letter from Asa Gray to J. D. Hooker, 5 January 1860.
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    f3 2672.f3
    The first sheet of the letter is in DAR 98 (ser. 2): 20--1.
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    f4 2672.f4
    There is an entry dated 24 January 1860 in CD's Account book (Down House MS) that records a payment to `Mr Headland & Physic'. Edward Headland was the leading general physician in London; his address in Portland Place is recorded in CD's Address book (Down House MS).
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    f5 2672.f5
    CD refers to a meeting of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society held on 26 January 1860, at which he was present (Philosophical Club minutes, Royal Society).
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    f6 2672.f6
    See letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 [January 1860].
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    f7 2672.f7
    CD feared that Goodenia presented a strong case against his doctrine that all organic beings occasionally cross. Auguste de Saint-Hilaire maintained that in Goodenia the pollen is `enclosed in a cup surrounding the stigma & is then hermetically sealed; so that here a cross would appear physically impossible.' (Natural selection, pp. 63--4, 72).
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    f8 2672.f8
    `Natural selection', the continuation of Hooker's anonymous review of Origin, appeared in the Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 21 January 1860, pp. 45--6.
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