Thinks JDH would be wise not to touch on Pangenesis; it has very few friends. Bentham is doubtful, Carus against, and Alphonse de Candolle likes it least in the book. CD still convinced it will be hereafter looked on as "best hypothesis of generation inheritance & development". If JDH means to cut up Pangenesis he has no word to say in opposition.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
July 14— | 1868
My dear Hooker
It will be the most delightful thing in the world if you can pay us a visit at Freshwater.
We were to have started on Thursday, but I have been so
baddish of late that I am doubtful whether the journey w
But I must write no more so Goodbye—
We are very glad to hear so capital an acc
yours affectionately | Ch Darwin
Perhaps you mean to cut up Pangenesis— if so, I have not a word to say in opposition
- f1 6276.f1See letter from J. D. Hooker, 12 July  and n. 2.
- f2 6276.f2The Darwins went to London on Thursday 16 July, the first stage of their journey to Freshwater.
- f3 6276.f3See letter from J. D. Hooker, 12 July  and nn. 3 and 4. Hooker was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
- f4 6276.f4See also letter to George Bentham, 23 June 1868 and n. 4.
- f5 6276.f5CD refers to Julius Victor Carus. See letter from J. V. Carus, 17 March 1868.
- f6 6276.f6See letter from Alphonse de Candolle, 2 July 1868.
- f7 6276.f7Frances Harriet and Grace Ellen Hooker. See letter from J. D. Hooker, 12 July  and n. 9.