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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. D. Hooker   18 January 1878

Royal Gardens Kew

Jany 18/78.

Dear Darwin

I heard last night of your prodigious exertions at the Linnean & was about to write asking you to come here when your letter arrived.1 Do come whenever most convenient, any morning—Friday if you will. Why not have lunch, coming early, so as to walk in the Garden beforehand but all this just as you please.— bring every body with you or whatever suits you best.2

Ever yr affec | J D Hooker


CD had attended the 17 January meeting of the Linnean Society of London, at which Francis Darwin’s paper ‘Experiments on the nutrition of Drosera rotundifolia’ (F. Darwin 1878a) was read. Hooker originally dated this letter 17 January, then changed it to 18 January.
CD visited Hooker at Kew on Tuesday 22 January (letter to Asa Gray, 21 [and 22] January 1878).


Invites CD to Kew.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 104: 101–2
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11323,” accessed on 7 June 2023,