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From Hyacinth Hooker   7 January 1882

Royal Gardens, | Kew.

Jan. 7/82

Dear Mr. Darwin

You are most kind & I am most delighted to be able to send poor Mrs. Fitch such a nice little purse of money.

Thank you many times too for saying I may apply to you again should it be necessary. I hope there may be no occasion for me to do so; but still I fear that as Fitch grows older & more blind he will grow poorer.1 How he & his family manage to get on is a mystery to us; for in his better days he spent all his gains & has nothing laid by to fall back upon.

He has been foolish & improvident no doubt; but he has done a great deal of good work in his day & has been a hard worker too.

Yours gratefully & sincerely | Hyacinth Hooker.

My love, please, to your ladies.


Hannah Fitch was the wife of Walter Hood Fitch, a botanical artist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (see letter to Hyacinth Hooker, 6 January [1882] and n. 2).


Thanks CD for financial assistance for Mr Fitch and his wife.

Letter details

Letter no.
Hyacinth Symonds/Hyacinth Jardine/Hyacinth Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 104: 244–5
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13602,” accessed on 7 October 2022,