To J. D. Hooker 29 [October 1858]1
Moor Park | Farnham | Surrey
My dear Hooker
As you say that you have good private information that Government does intend to remove collection from Brit. Museum, the case to me individually is wholly changed; & as the Memorial now stands, with such expression at its head, I have no objection whatever to sign.2 I must express a very strong opinion that it would be an immense evil to remove to Kensington, not on account of the men of science, so much as for the masses in the whole eastern & central part of London.3
I further think it would be a great evil to separate a typical collection (which I can by no means look at as only popular) from the collection in full. Might not some expression be added even stronger than those now used on the display (which is a sort of vanity in the Curators) of such a vast number of Birds & Mammals, with such a loss of room.
I am low at the conviction that Government will never give money enough for a really good Library.—
I do not want to be crotchety, but I shd hate signing without some expression about the site being easily accessible to the populace of whole of London.—4
I am sorry to have given any trouble.
I repeat as things now stand I shall be proud to sign.
My dear Hooker | Ever yours | C. Darwin
I return home on Monday
Memorial concerning British Museum collection. CD opposes removing the natural history collection of the British Museum to Kensington.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Hooker, J. D.
- Sent from
- Moor Park
- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 246)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2349,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2349