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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [8 October 1846]



My dear Hooker

I do not know whether you will get this; but if you do, it is to beg you, if you have & if you can perfectly spare it, to bring any good work on the Corallinas or Nulliporas of Lam:—1 As they are undoubted plants,2 perhaps you may have something. I am going to write a paper on their propagation.—3 You are a real good man for coming

C. D.

Forbes is obliged to be off for Wales—

I have not heard from Falconer.—

A cousin of ours, Mr Allen,4 a very tall young man of the Colonial Office will probably meet the Phaeton at Sydenham—


Lamarck 1815–22. There is a copy in the Darwin Library–CUL. The calcareous secretions of corallines and nullipores form part of many coral reef structures, and CD discusses them in Coral reefs, pp. 9–10, 24–5, 85–6.
Coral reefs, p. 9. Lamarck had classed them as animals (Lamarck 1815–22, 2: 199–200, 325–6).
No such paper has been found. CD had been interested in the propagation of corallines since the Beagle voyage (Correspondence vol. 1, letters to J. S. Henslow, 11 April 1833 and 24 July – 7 November 1834). See Sloan 1985.


Coral reefs: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. Being the first part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915.

Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de. 1815–22. Histoire naturelle des animaux sans vertèbres, présentant les caractères généraux et particuliers de ces animaux, leur distribution, leurs classes, leurs familles, leurs genres, et la citation des principales espèces qui s’y rapportent; précédée d’une introduction offrant la détermination des caractères essentiels de l’animal, sa distinction du végétal et des autres corps naturels, enfin, l’exposition des principes fondamentaux de la zoologie. 7 vols. Paris: Verdière [and others].

Sloan, Phillip R. 1985. Darwin’s invertebrate program, 1826-1836: preconditions for transformism.The Darwinian heritage, edited by David Kohn. Princeton: Princeton University Press in association with Nova Pacifica (Wellington, NZ). [Vols. 4,7,9]


Can JDH bring a good book on Corallina or Nullipora of Lamarck?

CD intends writing paper on their propagation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 114: 67
Physical description
ALS 2pp & C

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1007,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

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