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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. J. Hooker   [25 August 1845]1

Down. Bromley | Kent

Monday Morning

Dear Sir William

I beg of you, as the most particular kindness, that if the enclosed letter2 can anyway be improved, that you will kindly return it to me.— I cd. have made it, with entire truth, stronger, but I thought the effect wd. not have been so good. Would you like it shorter? or not addressed to you?

I am sure you will believe, that if my letter was to be shown to a body of scientific men, I wd. not have dreamed of giving my opinion so authoritavely & presumptuously.3

The only possible good my letter can do, is adding one more in number.—

I most cordially wish your son success, though at the heavy loss to me of his residence in Edinburgh. His correspondence has been to me the greatest pleasure & use.

What a disgrace it is to our Institutions, that a Professor shd. be appointed by a set of men, who never heard of Humboldt & Brown.—

I shall have to write to your son in a few days & to thank him for some lynx-eyed corrections of two sheets of Journal, which he looked over.

Believe me | Yours faithfully & obliged | C. Darwin


Date taken from the enclosure, see letter to W. J. Hooker, 25 August 1845 (calendar number 907).
The appointment to the professorship at Edinburgh was in the power of the Town Council.


Encloses a testimonial letter for J. D. Hooker [see 907]. If WJH thinks the letter could be improved CD will alter it. Feels it a disgrace that a professor should be appointed by men "who never heard of Humboldt & Brown".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Jackson Hooker
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Norwich Castle
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 906,” accessed on 23 September 2019,

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