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To J. D. Hooker   19 April [1876]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Ap. 19th

My dear Hooker

Henrietta is so unwell or rather I fear I shd. say ill, that we do not go to London tomorrow. Probably not till Monday, but I will let you know when, for the chance of your coming to luncheon.2 Dr. Andrew Clarke is coming here this evening, & we shall then know what he thinks about her.

Many thanks for the seed.—3

Yours affect. | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to C. S. Wedgwood, 20 April 1876.
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Henrietta Emma Litchfield came to Down on 8 April and was ill with pain and fever from 17 to 21 April 1876. The Darwins had intended to go to London on 20 April 1876 (see letter to G. J. Romanes, 14 April 1876). They stayed with CD’s brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, from Thursday 27 April until 3 May 1876 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
Hooker had sent teasel (Dipsacus) seeds; see letter from J. D. Hooker, [18 April 1876] and n. 2.


Daughter Henrietta’s illness prevents a trip to London.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 95: 406
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10457,” accessed on 1 December 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24