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To J. D. Hooker   25 [April 1867]1



My dear Hooker

I was very much grieved at your not appearing on Sunday. I sincerely hope you did not fail on account of the baby.2

You were so kind as to offer your bed in Paris to our boys.3 Is the offer yet open? & for how long? Can you also tell us where they cd get additional beds & how live as cheaply as you said.

I sent to Fritz Müller in S. Brazil yr Genera Plantarum—which he has found extremely useful. He says he observes that you have not examined the seeds of Schizolobium & Norantea & he says he should have much pleasure in supplying you with any specimens of S. Brazilian plants.4

Can you spare me a copy of yr. Insular Floras for I should like to send him one from you as I am sure he would appreciate it.5

It was a very gt. disappointment to me not seeing you on Sunday.

Yrs affectionately | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 April 1867.
Hooker had planned to visit Down from Saturday 20 to Monday 22 April; Hooker’s son Reginald Hawthorn Hooker, born in January 1867, had been ill (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 April 1867).
See letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 April 1867. Hooker was attending the Paris exhibition as a juror (Gardeners’ Chronicle, 6 April 1867, p. 348).
See letter from Fritz Müller, 4 March 1867. CD had offered to send Fritz Müller a copy of the first two parts of Hooker and George Bentham’s Genera plantarum (Bentham and Hooker 1862–83) in his letter of 23 August [1866] (Correspondence vol. 14).


Has sent JDH’s Genera plantarum to Fritz Müller who finds it useful and offers to supply JDH with Brazilian plants.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 94: 23–4
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5514,” accessed on 22 April 2018,

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