To J. D. Hooker 22 [January 1845]
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Hooker
I sit down to go through your letter categorically— 1st There is no chance of any other fossil leaves from T. del F. being in England: shd you make out anything more about them hereafter, please to let me know: pray keep them for ever.—
I am delighted to hear of the Galapagos flora being done: would you, when it is printed in the Transactions give me a copy (& thanks for your offer of copy of Paper on Southern Coniferæ);1 as you must have so many Botanical friends, to whom your papers wd be more valuable than to me, any old proof-sheet copy would do perfectly for me, & any such copy of any paper of yours, I shd be truly obliged for.— Thanks for Araucarian information;—but pray do not trouble yourself to look for any more Papers of Nicols or send them to me, as I wish only just to state the character of the wood which I found.2 (I intend going through the Eding. New Phil Journal myself some time; I have gone through all late Parts.) I will take care of your Pacific Isld notes, till your return.—
I am very much obliged for the loan of Wilkes3 & will send by our weekly Thursday carrier next week for it: how magnificent a soul you have about books: I presume the 20£ d’Urville is the second & last Voyage, which I had not heard was out: hereafter I shall get you to look & see whether the geology of T. del Fuego is treated of in it.4 Pray do not waste any time about the Annales in Paris, though if in Book-shops, I certainly shd like to know the cost. Also I shall be very glad if you could urge Dieffenbach for the copper-plate, wood cuts & M.S. notes of mine: I am the more anxious about them now, as I am in a sort of negotiation with Murray, who wishes to get the power from Colburn & publish a 2d Edit:5 I have no doubt that you will work on him; Lyell recommended me to write to the great Humboldt & set him to worry the little Devilbach.
I heartily wish you a pleasant journey: by the way you will of course see Ehrenberg, & I will write to him to 〈ask〉 him to give you for me, a little MS. Paper which I sent for him to read on Atlantic dust.6
Farewell, with thanks for the long catalogue of things, which you have done & intend doing for me. Ever Yours | C. Darwin
Would like copy of "Galapagos flora" when published ["Plants of the Galapagos Archipelago", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 20 (1851): 163–233].
Will keep JDH’s Pacific island notes till his return.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 817,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-817