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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [19 October 1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

Sunday

My dear Hooker

The seeds are come all safe, many thanks for them.

I was very sorry to run away so soon & miss any part of my most pleasant evening; & I ran away like a goth & vandal without wishing Mrs. Hooker good bye; but I was only just in time, as I got on the platform the train had arrived.

I was particularly glad of our discussion after dinner; fighting a battle with you always clears my mind wonderfully. I groan to hear that A. Gray agrees with you about the condition of Botanical Geography. All I know is that if you had had to search for light in zoological geography you would by contrast respect your own subject a vast deal more than you now do.— The Hawks have behaved like gentlemen & have cast up pellets with lots of seeds of them;2 & I have just had a parcel of partridges feet well caked with mud!!!3

Adios | Your insane & perverse friend | C. Darwin

Footnotes

The Sunday after CD’s trip to London, 15–18 October (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 October [1856]).
The experiment, which was carried out in the gardens of the Zoological Society, was recorded in CD’s Experimental book, p. 15 (DAR 157a) on19 October 1856: Killed some sparrow *on 14th [interl], one with wheat inside, put in Oats, Canary seed, Tares, Cabbage & Clover—gave *3 Birds [above del ‘it’] to small S. African Eagle. (Bateleur): bolted them; threw up pellet in 18 hours, *ie on morning of 16th [interl] charged with seed: planted these seeds on 19th.—

Summary

CD sorry he had to leave the Hookers abruptly to catch his train.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1977
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 179
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1977,” accessed on 24 June 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1977

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6

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