To J. D. Hooker [8–10 September 1868]1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Hooker
Many thanks about Mr Gower to whom I have written. I send more copies of Queries, for chance of your using them, & I thank you much for those which you have distributed. There is not, however, now very much time; but perhaps there is enough, as I am so slow at my work.2
About Pall Mall, I do not agree that the article was at all right— it struck me as monstrous (& answered on the spot by the M. Advertiser) that religion did not attack science.3 When, however, I say not at all right, I am not sure whether it wd not be wisest for scientific men quite to ignore the whole subject of religion. Goldwin Smith, who has been lunching here, coming with the Nortons (son of Prof. Norton (& friends of Asa Gray) who have taken for 4 months Keston Rectory) was strongly of opinion it was a mistake.—4 Several persons have spoken strongly to me as very much admiring your Address. For chance of your caring to see yourself in a French dress, I send a Journal (need not be returned): also with a weak article by Agassiz on G. Distribution.—5 Berkely has sent me his address, so I have had a fair excuse for writing to him.6 I differ from you, I could hardly bear to shake hands with the “Sugar of Lead”, which I never heard before; it is capital.—7 I am so very glad that you will come here with Asa Grays, as, if I am bad, he will not be dull.—8 We shall ask the Nortons to come to dinner. On Saturday Wallace & probaly Mrs. W., J. Jenner Weir, (a very good man) & Blyth & I fear not Bates are coming to stay the Sunday.9 The thought makes me rather nervous; but I shall enjoy it immensely if it does not kill me.— How I wish it were possible for you to be here.
Ever yours affecly. | C. Darwin
Has written to A. J. Gower.
Sends more copies of Queries about expression.
Pall Mall Gazette article [see 6342] is monstrous to say religion did not attack science. Should scientific men ignore whole subject of religion?
Sends French journal with article on JDH and one (weak) by Agassiz on geographical distribution.
M. J. Berkeley has sent his address [Rep. BAAS 38 (1868): 83–7].
CD differs with JDH on Owen; could hardly bear to shake hands with him.
Wallaces, Blyth, Jenner Weirs are coming to stay on Sunday.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6357,” accessed on 21 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6357