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To Maria Hooker   31 August [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

Aug 31.

Dear Lady Hooker

I am truly sorry to hear of Sir William’s illness1 & sincerely hope he may soon recover his strength: pray give him my kind regards & thanks for the enclosed note & extract.— I had never even heard of Mr. Hodgson’s Physico=geographical memoir:2 if a copy has ever come for me, it may be lying at some of the Societies, in which case I shall probably soon receive it.— Whenever I read it, should I have anything to remark, I will assuredly write direct to Mr. Hodgson.—

I am delighted to hear that your son is enjoying the grand Sylhet mountains.—3

Pray believe me. | Yours sincerely obliged | C. Darwin


W. J. Hooker suffered from a serious recurrent throat ailment (see Allan 1967, p. 188).
See letter from JD. Hooker, 6 and 7 April 1850. Hooker set out on his expedition to the Khasia Hills and Silhet on 1 May 1850.


Allan, Mea. 1967. The Hookers of Kew, 1785–1911. London: Michael Joseph.

Hodgson, Brian Houghton. 1849. On the physical geography of the Himálaya. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 18: 761-88.


Expresses sympathy to MSH on W. J. Hooker’s illness.

Will send his comments on Hodgson’s physico-geographical memoir ["On the physical geography of the Himalayas", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 18 (1849): 761–88] directly to him.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Maria Sarah (Maria) Turner/Maria Sarah (Maria) Hooker
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.95)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1349,” accessed on 4 March 2024,

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