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DCP-LETT-795

From J. D. Hooker   29 November 1844

West Park Kew

Novr 29. 1844.

My dear Darwin

I am ashamed of not having written before, but have not been able to tell when I should be able to get down to Bromley, on account of Mr Bentham’s coming here next week & Profr. Henslow the following. I find however that I have Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th to spare: if perfectly convenient to Mrs Darwin & yourself I should much enjoy a run down & look at your habitat. Do you want any observations made in New Zeald: I have a friend now there, a fair naturalist & acute careful observer, who is going to the Middle & Southern Islds he is a Surgeon R.N. now acting Colonial Secretary to Gr Fitzroy.—1 We had a long letter from Capt Sulivan the other day from the Plate— 2

Brown (in Congo) says that the level of the sea in Tropics is not so rich in species as the temperate zone (or words to that effect), I never remarked that any one had said so before.3

I find, even down to the lower orders, the plants of Ascension are totally different from those of St Helena. this is most remarkable as regards the Ferns.—of which there are 9 Ascension sp. only 2 (I think) of which are St Helena’s.. Even the Jungermanniæ are different!— I expect no parallel to this is on record.

Ever your’s most truly | Jos D Hooker

CD annotations

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‘Is not wind cross ways?? Surely not.’added ink

Footnotes

1
Andrew Sinclair, who was colonial secretary in New Zealand, 1844–56. Robert FitzRoy was governor, 1843–5 (Mellersh 1968, pp. 207–35).
2
Bartholomew James Sulivan, previously a lieutenant in the Beagle, had been appointed captain of the surveying vessel Philomel on active duty in the Falklands and on the coast of South America from 1842 to 1846.
3
Brown 1818, p. 422.

Summary

Would like to visit on the weekend of 7–8 December.

Differences in floras of St Helena and Ascension.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-795
From
Hooker, J. D.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 100: 28
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 795,” accessed on 30 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-795

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