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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-735

To J. D. Hooker   [3–17 February 1844]

Down. Bromley Kent

Saturday

My dear Sir

I write a line merely to acknowledge & thank you for your long & to me most agreeable letter & to tell you that I am in communication with Ehrenberg to find out more definitely, what objects he wishes for, and I will let you know in time for you to send me any likely objects to contain infusoria. I know thus far that his chief present object is the geographical range of infusoria, so that I cannot doubt, of all things, he would most value specimens from the Antarctic regions.—

Would not floating sea-weed probably still contain some attached to it— I am astonished at your description of the number of Infusoria in the far-antarctic seas.—

Once again I thank you for your letter, & I can hardly tell you, how much all your facts & opinions interest me.—

In Haste | mp; I can hardly tell you, how much all your facts & opinions interest me.—

In Haste | Believe me | Most truly yours | C. Darwin

PS. | Dr Dieffenbach, the New Zealand traveller,1 (who has translated my Journal into German)2 (& I must with unpardonable vanity boast to you, that it was at the instigation of Liebig3 & Humboldt4 ) wrote to me about the Infusoria at the request of Ehrenberg & to him I have written some further questions.—

I cannot doubt, Ehrenberg would value all your notes & drawings whether imperfect or perfect.

Footnotes

1
His travels were described in Dieffenbach 1843.
2
Dieffenbach trans. 1844.
3
Justus von Liebig, professor of chemistry in Giessen and patron of Ernst Dieffenbach.
4
Alexander von Humboldt. For his favourable opinion of CD’s Journal of researches see Correspondence vol. 2, letter from Alexander von Humboldt, 18 September 1839.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-735
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 5
Physical description
4pp

Summary

Thanks for information for Ehrenberg.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 735,” accessed on 24 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-735

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