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From J. D. Hooker   20 October 1871

Royal Gardens Kew

Oct. 20th /71

Dear Darwin

My Servant carries this to you—& if you are free to act; as I suggest, would take your letter to Sir H. Holland back to town & post it, & so save time.1

Ever yrs | J D Hooker

How would it do to send my letter to you on to Sir H Holland? it would explain matters— Please use your own judgment. Sir H. is said to be a very intimate private friend of Mr Gladstones.2


Hooker’s letter, which was forwarded to Henry Holland by CD, has not been found. It concerned his dispute with Acton Smee Ayrton (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 October 1871] and n. 10).
William Ewart Gladstone was the prime minister.


JDH’s servant carries his letter to Henry Holland about problems with Ayrton. Suggests servant take CD’s letter to Holland to town and post them at same time. Holland is said to be very intimate friend of Gladstone.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 103: 85–6
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8021,” accessed on 23 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19