To William Jackson Hooker 17 February 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir William
You will no doubt like to see the enclosed letter of your son,1 which, whenever perfectly convenient you can return to me.— I am heartily glad to think that he will pretty soon now be at home again.2 What work he will have on his hands; it is enough to make one fear to think of it. Everyone will, I suppose, be quite astonished to hear of the Oaks & Birches of the Tropics;3 it strikes me as almost disheartening; almost as bad as if some geologist were to find Tertiary shells in a Silurian formation.— Falconer’s conduct is enough to make one swear at him.4
Pray believe me with my respects & kind remembrances to Lady Hooker: | Your’s very sincerely | C. Darwin
Encloses letter from J. D. Hooker. Glad he will soon be home.
Everyone will be astonished at oaks and birches of tropics.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- William Jackson Hooker
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- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
- Physical description