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From JDHooker   12 April [1865]1

12th. April.

Dr Darwin

The Strelitzia & books never went till today.2

My Father is very unwell with Bronchitis & Influenza & we very uneasy about him, he being 7934 3   Last week, after a hard mornings work in the Gardens, he went to the City in the afternoon, to see a nephew4 ill of Typhus. it was the first hot day & knocked him up.

Many thanks for your note.5 Bentham wrote on Planchon   Thomson on subspecies & Greene of Cork on Linn. Trans.6 I shall be curious for your criticisms— I did the Darwinian thing in G. C.—(right for once— exceptions makes rules)7 I can think of nothing else nasty to say & so good bye

Ever Yrs affec | J D Hooker

I am egregiously delighted with your calm judgement on the “Origin”.8 Do you know I have reread some of my papers with the same result & never was wrong once in my opinion

Footnotes

The year is established by the reference to William Jackson Hooker’s age; he was born on 6 July 1785 (DNB).
The reference is to William Jackson Hooker. See letter from JD. Hooker, [7–8 April 1865].
This nephew has not been identified.
Letter to JDHooker, 10 [April 1865].
Hooker refers to the authors of three unsigned reviews in the April issue of the Natural History Review: George Bentham, Thomas Thomson, and Joseph Reay Greene. See letter to JDHooker, 10 [April 1865] and n. 7.
Hooker refers to his unsigned leader in the Gardeners’ Chronicle, 25 March 1865, pp. 267–8; see letter to JDHooker, 10 [April 1865] and n. 8.

Bibliography

DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.

Summary

W. J. Hooker is unwell.

Bentham wrote on Planchon ["The ancient and modern floras of Montpellier", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1865): 202–25],

T. Thomson on subspecies ["Species and subspecies", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1865): 226–42]

and Greene of York on ["The Linnean Society’s transactions", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1865): 189–202].

JDH did the leader in Gardeners’ Chronicle [(1865): 267–8, 291–2].

Delighted with CD’s calm opinion of Origin. Has same view of some of his own papers.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4812
From
Joseph Dalton Hooker
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 102: 17
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4812,” accessed on 13 December 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-4812.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13

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