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From J. D. Hooker   [after 1 May 1847]1

Extract of Letter from Dr Cantor2 May 1/47

Zoologically the Malayan Penins. is neutral ground, where animals of all classes hitherto supposed to be characteristic of the Archipelago occur in company with others supposed exclusively to inhabit the Indian Peninsula and Hindostan. In the Malay Arch. the most northern trace of Austral. charact. in the shape of Marsup. appears to occur in Celebes.

CD annotations

Bottom of page: ‘19’3 brown crayon; ‘to Sir W. Hooker’ pencil


Dated on the basis of the date of Theodore Edward Cantor’s letter to William Jackson Hooker. The original letter is in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (East Indian, Chinese, Mauritius, etc. letters, 1851–6, vol. 60).
Cantor collected in Malaya and China. Joseph Dalton Hooker presumably copied this passage from a letter from Cantor to William Jackson Hooker because he knew it would be of interest to CD and sent it to him enclosed in a letter that has not survived.
CD’s portfolio number nineteen contained letters and notes on the geographical distribution of animals. Surviving notes and scraps from it are now in DAR 205.3.


[Extract of letter to WJH from T. E. Cantor] on zoological distribution in the Malay Peninsula.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 205.3: 277
Physical description
Amem 1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1084,” accessed on 20 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4