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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [19 July 1847]1

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Monday

My dear Hooker

I must not let a post pass by, without sending you my sincere & cordial congratulations.2

Long may you live, & much happiness may you enjoy with your charming & excellent choice. Though I did not say so, I felt much pleased at your thinking me worthy of your confidence on such a subject: I have told no one (nor will I) except my wife, to whom I tell everything, as you will hereafter to your’s.— The Wedgwoods, however, perceived a flirtation:3 —as you are not married, I may venture to say how much they admired her beauty & manners. I do not know whether to be glad or sorry,—for your sake on the one hand, & for mine on the other, that you are so determined on an expedition:4 anyhow it will not be a very long one. You must pay us a visit here before you go: by the way I have forgotten to give my wife’s hearty congratulations. I will propose myself for a couple of days, as soon as I can, but a heap of relations are coming next week & early in August Prof. Studer of Berne. In Sept. I go to see my Father; but I will come to Kew.— As it turned out, I cd. not have come to you on Saturday, for on Friday one of my boils fiercely reinflamed & all Saturday I was lying on my face on the sofa,—a laughable spectacle to anyone, who by experience did not know what pain I was in.— Nevertheless such a quartet, as you four made, caused me much envy: I displayed a very benevolent heart in not rejoicing over the rain on Saturday.—

On Thursday, I will send per Hiscock Boat,5 all your Books back again (which I had intended bringing with me) & extremely much obliged I am for them: what a production the Phytologist is!

I hope some time to meet with you, Watson. Once again let me congratulate you; I believe you will be able to live very comfortably on your expected income, till lots of Babies drop in, & then no doubt providence will take care of them.

Farewell my dear Hooker | Ever yours | C. Darwin

Footnotes

Dated from the relationship to the letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [July 1847] and the reference to CD having read the Phytologist (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [10 June 1847], n. 6).
A reference to Hooker’s engagement to Frances Harriet Henslow.
Presumably on the expedition to Dropmore. See letter to J. D. Hooker, [10 June 1847], in which CD asked Hooker whether he would mind if Hensleigh Wedgwood joined the party.
Hooker continued to seek financial support for a botanical expedition to India.
Hiscock’s Kew Boat, a Thames carrier-boat service to Richmond. See Correspondence vol. 3, letter from J. D. Hooker, 1 September [1845], in which Hooker stated that Hiscock had an office at the Hungerford stairs ‘& receives all parcels for us.’

Summary

Congratulations on JDH’s engagement.

Sorry JDH is so determined on an expedition.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1101
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 98
Physical description
7pp & C

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1101,” accessed on 22 March 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1101

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4

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