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From Daniel Oliver   8 April 1867

Royal Gardens Kew

8 April 67

My dear Sir,

Mrs Hooker has put your note into my hands referring to Naegeli & Hieracia. 1

The difficulty about them is this that hardly anyone has a good set of the peculiar Highland forms excepting Mr James Backhouse Jr of York & the few to whom he has communicated specimens & I doubt if he would undertake to make up a set for Naegeli.2

Mr Baker of the Kew Herbarium has a fair collection of British Hieracia (he has himself published a fasciculus of Teesdale or No. Yorks. species) & he would be glad either to lend Naegeli his collection entire—or to make him up a set of duplicates so far as his stores allow. He has a good set of French critical species but these proby. N. has already from Jordan &c.3

Baker thinks neither Babington nor Watson likely to be able to help—at any rate in the way of giving N. a set.4

I shd. have mentioned that Dr Hooker is at Paris—a Juror5

Ever sincerely yrs | Danl. Oliver


Oliver refers to Frances Harriet Hooker, Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli, and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 April [1867].
Backhouse published his Monograph of the British Hieracia in 1856 (Backhouse 1856). Nägeli wanted to exchange a set of German and Alpine species of Hieracium (hawkweeds) for a complete set of British species (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 April [1867]).
John Gilbert Baker was an assistant in the Kew herbarium; he published on the botany of North Yorkshire, including Hieracium, in Baker and Nowell 1854 and Baker 1863. Oliver also refers to the French botanist Alexis Jordan.
CD had suggested applying to Charles Cardale Babington or Hewett Cottrell Watson; see letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 April [1867].
Joseph Dalton Hooker was a juror for seeds and saplings of forest trees at the Paris exhibition (Gardeners’ Chronicle, 6 April 1867, p. 348).


Arrangements for obtaining Carl Nägeli a set of British Hieracium specimens.

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Daniel Oliver
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 173: 33
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5494,” accessed on 22 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15