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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [December 1846 – January 1847]

Down Farnborough Kent


My dear Hooker

Will Saturday the 16th. suit you to come here?1 If so, & I hope so, the Phaeton shall be at Sydenham to meet the Train which leaves at 3o 15’. (remember this). Bring some work & do stay as long as you can. Please send me one line by return of Post, for I will ask the old set to come for the Sunday.

I will, also, ask the Lyells, who said they wd. come this winter & bring some work & stay some days with me & I daresay you wd. like to meet them & I am sure they wd to meet you.

Ever yours | C. Darwin

As I must fix, please observe that you are to come in the Phaeton, as earliest asked.—


CD refers to 16 January 1847, when Charles Lyell and presumably Hooker visited Down. See Correspondence vol. 4, letter to Charles Lyell, [23 January 1847].


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


Can JDH come on 16 Jan? CD will ask the "old set" to come and also the Lyells.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 77
Physical description
ALS 3pp & C

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1036,” accessed on 7 February 2023,

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