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To J. D. Hooker   19 June [1875]1

Abinger Hall | Wotton, Surrey | (Gomshall Station for Rail)

June 19th

My dear Hooker

I heard from Henrietta that she saw you at the Coll: of Surgeons & that you seemed pretty well.—2  Farrer has most kindly lent us this house for a month & I write now to know whether there is any chance that you would come here (& please bring Harriet, if she is inclined to come.)3 on Saturday 26th for the Sunday. You know how we shd. rejoice to see you both if you can come.

I was very much worn out by correcting “Insectivorous plants”, & so came here for rest.—

I have now done with the book, & I suppose copies will be bound in a week or two, & of course you will receive one.—4

I am so sick of the accursed subject, that I daresay if I look at my book in half-a-year’s time I shall read it with speechless admiration!

Yours ever affectionately | Ch. Darwin

I daresay you have heard that poor Effie (Mrs. Farrer)5 is much out of health & has gone to German Baths.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 June 1875.
In a letter to Emma Darwin of [5 June 1875] (DAR 245: 54), Henrietta Emma Litchfield mentioned that she planned to attend a party at the Royal College of Surgeons the following week.
CD stayed at Abinger Hall, the home of Thomas Henry Farrer, from 3 June to 6 July 1875 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). Harriet Anne Hooker was Hooker’s daughter.
Hooker’s name is on CD’s presentation list for Insectivorous plants, which was published on 2 July 1875 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II) and Appendix IV).
Katherine Euphemia Farrer.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Has come to Abinger Hall for a rest after Insectivorous plants, soon to appear. Is sick of the accursed subject.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Abinger Hall
Source of text
DAR 95: 386–7
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10024,” accessed on 22 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23