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To J. D. Hooker   23 [June 1855]



My dear Hooker

To prevent the possibility of your taking trouble in vain, I write to say I found Watsons Paper on Azores Plants1 in Lin: Socy. yesterday, & thanks & hearty thanks to your arrangement for me, I took under Sir William’s name 4 volumes home with me,—2

Adios | C. Darwin

N.B. If you want to enjoy perfect health as I do this morning eat Turtle soup on two successive days, & drink quantum suff: of Wines of all kinds.


Watson 1843–4 and Watson 1847. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 27 May [1855]. Some of the parts of the first paper are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL. They are extensively annotated.
Hooker had arranged to let CD borrow books from the Linnean Society in his name and that of his father, William Jackson Hooker, because Richard Kippist, the librarian, was reluctant to allow CD to borrow more than the number permitted to CD as a fellow. See letter from J. D. Hooker, [before 17 March 1855]. CD recorded having read volumes three and six of the London Journal of Botany, which contain the final parts of Watson’s work on the Azores, in July 1855 (see Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 12).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Watson, Hewett Cottrell. 1843. The geographical distribution of British plants. 3d edition. Pt 1 (no more published). London: Printed for the author.


Has used borrowing rights at Linnean Society Library arranged for him by JDH.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 114: 138
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1702,” accessed on 14 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5