To J. D. Hooker 14 July 1868
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
July 14— | 1868
My dear Hooker
It will be the most delightful thing in the world if you can pay us a visit at Freshwater.1
We were to have started on Thursday, but I have been so baddish of late that I am doubtful whether the journey wd be endurable.2 As soon as we are settled & I feel that I have even moderate powers of talk in me I will at once let you hear. I am glad you are going to say in your address that you have not time to work up an elaborate affair, for I think every one will see that this is reasonable in the head-man of a large establishment.3 It cuts me to the quick to be honest, but I think you wd be wise not to touch on Pangenesis. It has so very friends; Bentham as you know, is very doubtful or hostile;4 Victor Carus dead against it;5 & Alf. de Candolle says he likes it much the least of the whole book. By the way I was much pleased & surprized by a very long letter from Decandolle, in which he shews he is fond of speculation.6 Altho’ I advise thus about Pan. my conviction is unshaken that it will hereafter be looked at as the best hypothesis of generation, inheritance & development.
But I must write no more so Goodbye—
We are very glad to hear so capital an acct of Mrs Hooker & the baby.7
yours affectionately | Ch Darwin
Perhaps you mean to cut up Pangenesis— if so, I have not a word to say in opposition
Thinks JDH would be wise not to touch on Pangenesis; it has very few friends. Bentham is doubtful, Carus against, and Alphonse de Candolle likes it least in the book. CD still convinced it will be hereafter looked on as "best hypothesis of generation inheritance & development". If JDH means to cut up Pangenesis he has no word to say in opposition.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6276,” accessed on 17 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6276