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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [17 June 1847]

Down Farnborough Kent


My dear Hooker

I am in honest truth ashamed of all the trouble I have given; but I had no idea that I was giving (till your previous note) trouble to a lady. I hope you will thank most sincerely Mrs. Jacobson. The Magdalen Hall rooms will do capitally, if I can have my meals to myself & a room to be by myself in, for, as you know, my odious stomach requires that. If I am but half as well as I was at Southampton I shall enjoy myself thoroughily.—

When you write to Mrs. Jacobson, would you be so kind as to mention that, stomacho volente, I shall be at Oxford on Tuesday evening, & that I shd. be greatly obliged, if the Porter could be informed, which my rooms are to be, as I sometimes after travelling feel much knocked up. What a ridiculous fuss I do make about my precious self— I wish my wife cd. have come; how she would have enjoyed Blenheim &c &c.

Farewell, be sure thank much Mrs Jacobson for me Ever yours | C. Darwin

I believe it was to Magdalen that Daubeny invited me, but I must explain to him how it was I refused him, & his party, would never have suited me.—


CD will take a room in Magdalen Hall at Oxford; thanks JDH’s aunt for trouble.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 96
Physical description
ALS 4pp & C

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1098,” accessed on 28 May 2023,

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