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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   10 August 1876

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

Aug 10. 76

My dear Hooker

I enclose 4/8 stamps for the parcel. If not already dispatched please to remember to send it to Orpington Station.1 I am heartily glad to hear that the day of your marriage is fixed, & that before very long you will be tranquilly settled at Kew.2

I don’t know what Asa Gray means by his peculiar views unless it be about variation being led along certain definite lines, which as it seems to me would render natural selection quite superfluous. I have read some of the new theological matter, and I cannot say that makes my ideas much clearer; but everything he says is so clearly & pleasantly put that it is well worth reading.3

Frank won’t be able to be at Glasgow.4

Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin


Asa Gray’s directed variation would make natural selection superfluous.

CD has read new theological reconciliations of Darwinism and religion.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 95: 415–16
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10576,” accessed on 20 October 2019,

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