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From J. D. Hooker   21 August 1873

Royal Gardens Kew

Aug 21/73.

Dear Darwin

If convenient to you Strachey & I will leave by the 5"20 train from X cross on Saturday.1 I am aghast at the prospect of being cross-questioned on the subject of effect of watering in sun shine & fear that no amount of ingenious wriggling will save me from the reputation of an ignorant pretender to the part of Director of Kew

I hope that the young Biophytums answered.2

Ever yours affec | J D Hooker

Don’t you inconvenience yourself about a Carriage on Saturday


Hooker and Richard Strachey visited Down on 23 August 1873 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). Hooker refers to Charing Cross Station, from which the South Eastern Railway ran a service to Orpington, the closest station to Down House.
Hooker refers to plants of Oxalis sensitiva (now Biophytum umbraculum) that were sent to CD on 16 August 1873 (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 August 1873 and n. 3).


He and Strachey will arrive on Saturday.

Is aghast at thought of being questioned on injury to plants by watering. Fears he will be considered an ignorant Director of Kew.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 103: 160–1
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9018,” accessed on 22 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21