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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [18 October 1846]1



My dear Hooker

I shd very much enjoy a walk with you, as proposed, at Kew, but the infamous weather & more especially my utter ignorance how long it will take the artist to do Mr. Arthrobalanus, render it impossible to fix with certainty. I go to London tomorrow & I wd propose to come about 1 oclock & lunch with you if you will give me some at West Park,2 & afterwards have a walk in the Garden.— Will you send me a line to “7 Park St Grosvenor Square”,3 telling me honestly whether this will be perfectly convenient to you & whether you will allow me to take my chance of coming, so that if I do not come by 2. you will know that I have been prevented.

Ever yours | C. Darwin

Many thanks for your note about the Omnibuses.


Dated on the basis of CD’s trip to London from 19 to 23 October 1846, recorded in his Account Book (Down House MS) on 24 October.
The Hooker family home, at Kew.
The address of Erasmus Alvey Darwin, with whom CD stayed.


Will be in London tomorrow and will try to pop over to Kew.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 114: 69
Physical description
ALS 3pp & C

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1015,” accessed on 5 March 2024,

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