To J. D. Hooker 10 October 1
Miss Woodington’s | The Common | Sevenoaks
My dear Hooker
I am very much vexed about the Droseras. I am sure it was an oversight of Lettington’s & not carelessness, as he was very proud of the state of D. Capensis.2
I will send your mem– to Parslow today, but I am very doubtful whether he will be able to aid you.3 I was very much struck with Mallet’s paper, but do not remember it enough to see how it bears on the inward dipping of mountain basal strata.4 In none of the theories founded on secular refrigeration can I understand how the same area should have been repeatedly lifted up & down.5 The admission of water to the heated rocks seems now universally accepted as the immediate cause of volcanic outbursts; but the moon, now destitute of aquieous(!) vapour, & yet so studded with craters seems to me difficult to reconcile with this theory.6
I forgot in my last note to thank you & Prof. Dyer for his paper, which interested me immensely; by its aid & my own reflections I have managed to shake off pretty well Dr Bastian; but I never did for a moment admit his extreme cases—7
He seems to me a very able man & I think spontaneous gen. to a confined extent will some day be proved—8
yours affectionately | Ch Darwin
Is much vexed about Drosera.
Land-level changes and volcanic activity.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Hooker, J. D.
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- Source of text
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: 31–2)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8552,” accessed on 24 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8552