First part of "Galapagos flora" ["Plants of the Galapagos Archipelago", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 20 (1851): 163–233] finished but not printed.
Details of distribution of Galapagos flora. Peculiarity of island floras.
Leaves for Edinburgh on Wednesday.
– should shew him during my absence if you liked.
Either you have misunderstood me, or I have ill expressed myself about the Galapago plants, it was only the first part that I had got ready, I however devoted 10 days uninterruptedly lately & finished the species of all the rest, except the Leguminosæ, some 18, which Bentham will do. Said first-part has been 3 months before the L. Soc. but is not printed, when it is I shall not forget you. The proportion of new species is prodigious & even the old ones have been most difficult to name, as there are no floras of Mexico Peru & Chili, There are 185 species in all, a goodly number, (of flowering plants & 42 Cryptogamic)
Of the flowering, 100 I am sure are new & most probably confined to
the group. thus distributed
of these there are peculiar to the individual Isld— 30 Chas
Isld — 68 — 29 ————
21 Albem —— 46 — 26
———— 22 Chatham — 32
— 16 ———— 12
These results are most delightful & as soon as the Legum. are done,
which will alter very slightly, the above, (they are included roughly determined by
myself) I shall set to work with the essay on the distrib. of the species. Thus, though Albemarle is one of the largest, it is the most
sterile & the most peculiar, it is not only most different from the coast, but
its new species are all but 4 peculiar to itself. I shall work the whole thing
out very carefully at Edinbro. There are 21 compositæ of
12 genera. all but one species peculiar to the Archip. & 10 of
the genera ditto. The most remarkable genus of these is Scalesia (arborescent)
it has 6 species, & not one found on two of the
You may depend I shall give speaking lectures the moment I am able, but I should infallibly stick were I to begin so: I feel very earth-quaquey already. I find it hard enough to write them, I am apt to get into an inflated style, which of all things I hate in others. You will see this in a little paper on Southern Coniferæ which I have put aside for you. It is mighty hard to write good English. I am now cobbling up a course, but find it far more agreeable to break off & write to you. My Edinbro address is 20 Abercrombie Place where I have taken 2 rooms, I quite forget whereabouts that is. Forbes tells me that he can trace a connection between the Botany & Geology of W. Ireland with both these features of Portugal, the Bot relation is notorious. There is a similar relation mentioned in “Asie Centrale” between the Bruyeries of Holland across to Tobolsk? & I thought when reading it that that stretched into Norfolk & Suffolk, Newmarket heath &c.. Brown shewed me a funny thing. Some Liverpool Parson, after reading “Vestiges”, had written to all Geologists for proofs on the contrary, & rather coolly, printed all the answers. Every one, but Delabeche, referred said parson to their own works!— I could not get the thing. I suppose you have read Bosanquets answer, it is not half so nice as Vestiges. Do not growl at this long letter, I shall not trouble you again for some time—I go on Wednes<day> & commence on Monday—
Farewell | J D Hooker
- f1 862.f1Hooker presented the first results of his Galápagos work at three meetings of the Linnean Society, on 4 March, 6 May, and 16 December 1845, but the paper was not published until 1851 (J. D. Hooker 1845d). He sent CD a copy (Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL).
- f2 862.f2J. D. Hooker 1846.
- f3 862.f3Thomas Taylor, an expert on mosses and lichens, who provided much of the material on cryptogams in J. D. Hooker 1844–7.
- f4 862.f4Journal of researches, p. 444. Hooker was attempting to chart the geographical range of Usnea melaxantha, see J. D. Hooker 1844–7, pp. 519–21.
- f5 862.f5J. D. Hooker 1845a. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 [January 1845].
- f6 862.f6Edward Forbes was to announce his theory in June that year (E. Forbes 1845).
- f7 862.f7Humboldt 1843, 1: 54–5, in which the distribution of heaths across Europe is discussed.
- f8 862.f8Hume 1845, a response to [Chambers] 1844.
- f9 862.f9Bosanquet 1845.
- f10 862.f10CD's ‘40225’ was written directly below Hooker's ‘185’. Thus he could have been adding the number of flowering plants to the cryptogamic plants to get the total number of species. However, it is unclear exactly what Hooker meant, as CD pointed out later (see enclosure with letter to J. D. Hooker, [11–12 July 1845]).
- f11 862.f11See Hooker's annotation on the enclosure with letter to J. D. Hooker, [11–12 July 1845], n. 22, and letter from J. D. Hooker, [after 12 July 1845], where Hooker corrects this figure to ‘40’.