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From J. D. Hooker  [22–30 January 1845]1

– is versed enough in Nat. Hist. even for that. I send the comp. Flora of Sandwich & Society: it is very imperfect, I could not send it before, as I had some things to add to it. as it is I think it shews positively no relation between the two groups. Even the canaille are not the same in the two. I have had to drop the Pacific Flora, from want of time 〈    〉

〈    〉 from the context he2 cannot mean, without he compares the Mts. to the plains below: Certainly the genera remind one of Europe, especially Wicken (vetches Vicia.) &c. I can however hardly see how so very few Proteaceae as there are, can much remind him of New Holland a place I suppose he never saw & singular fruited Legum. grow all over the world & 〈    〉 Holld. that I remember.. Gnapha〈lium〉

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This fragment of a letter was pinned to the following note, in ink, by CD: Feb. 1845. Hookers list of Society Isd includes about 250 Phænerog excluding grasses, & 270 from Sandwich group. out of these there are only 32 species in common, including no doubt (one by name Convolvulus) Scævola &c) some coral-plants.— At the Soc Isd there 25 gramineæ & at Sandwich 24. & 6 [over ‘5’] in common.— Of Lycopodiæ Soc & Sandwich have each 12 with 5 in common.— (DAR 104: 248). On the verso of CD’s note is a table of numbers as summarised above. The date of Hooker’s letter must follow that of the letter from CD to Hooker, 22 [January 1845], and is probably before Hooker’s departure on his European tour (see Huxley ed. 1918, 1: 177–8).
Eduard Pöppig in Pöppig 1835, 1: 367.


Sends comparison of the floras of Society and Sandwich Islands.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 104: 247–8
Physical description
†, CD note 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 818,” accessed on 18 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3