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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   19 July [1855]1


July 19th

My dear Hooker

I grieve to think how you are worked. As Horner & myself have just agreed it is really wonderful how you get on.—

I write now only to say that I have received your enclosure of A. Gray.2

Pray put on one one side the seed list till winter;3 but do not lose it: I wish I had thought, I could have myself just as well have written to Daubeny.— There was nothing in my last letter, I am glad to think, which required any sort of answer.—

Your’s affecty. | C. Darwin

Whenever A. Gray sends the sheets to Sir William for me, please do not send them off by coach &c. directed here, but leave them at Athenæum, or let me know,—a parcel sent here by Coach runs some risk of being lost.—


The date is established by the reference to the list of species that Asa Gray had said he would forward (letter from Asa Gray, 30 June 1855) and by the reference to the Horners’ visit to Down (see letter to John Lubbock, 14 [July 1855]).
The letter from Asa Gray, 30 June 1855, like that of 22 May 1855, was directed to William Jackson Hooker and forwarded to CD by Joseph Dalton Hooker.
The list of Azorean plants compiled by CD and marked by H. C. Watson that CD had sent with the letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 [July 1855].


Parcels sent to Down by coach may get lost.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 114: 139
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1722,” accessed on 5 March 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5