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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [4 March 1868]1

6 Queen Anne St


My dear Hooker

I have just discovered a stupid oversight— I read your letter that you were going to Norwich on Tuesday, so did not know where to write.— I shd like excessively to dine at your Club;2 but I must leave it as a mere chance— May I do this?? I can find out from Busk when you meet.3 I suppose if my head begins to swim I can go away at any time. after dinner—

Your affect.— | C. Darwin

If I do not hear, I will understand that I may leave it uncertain till last minute— I could not have come today


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, [3 March 1868].
George Busk. CD may have meant to ask where rather than when the meeting would take place, since Hooker had mentioned the time in his letter of [3 March 1868].


Arrangements to dine at JDH’s club.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13816,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16