To J. D. Hooker [25 July – 29 August 1844]1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I enclose one of Ehrenberg’s letters, which had not arrived; I do not send you the one to me, as it contained nothing but enquiries about the dust and other such subjects.2
Very many thanks for all your and your cook’s wisdom about Crabs, which has been duly copied out.—3
In looking over some coralls, I found the enclosed sea-weed from the Galapagos Islds & I believe from 12 fathom’s depth; I thought perhaps you would like to have it— I, also, send either for yourself or Mr Harvey4 specimen. 390 & 391 of the little conferva in bundles described at p. 14 of my Journal: I have not, however, looked to see whether they are preserved. 392 is a minute attached conferva from 17 Fathoms off the Abrolhos Isd coast of Brazil.5 Please throw away these specimens if of no use.
Did you collect any pediculi fm your voyage; especially from the Penguin: H. Denny (to whom I have given all my specimens) has written to me expressing a great wish to have some from the antarctic regions.6 If you are able to supply him: his address is “Philosophical Hall Leeds”.
Whenever you have ready the specimens for Ehrenberg, they had better be sent here by the “Down Coach from Bolt-in-tun Fleet Stt ”
Ever yours | C. Darwin
Encloses Ehrenberg letter, Galapagos seaweed, and specimens of Conferva.
H. Denny would like specimens of Antarctic Pediculi.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 768,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-768