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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [18 July 1858]

King’s Head Hotel | Sandown | Isle of Wight


My dear Hooker

Will you read & tear up Mrs Carmichael’s note,1 & if you can recommend a simple book on Tropical American Botany, will you do so; but I suppose certainly there is none such. Wd. Lindleys Vegetable Kingdom do?2 Will you write six words & put it in enclosed envelope & post it.—

We are settled here for 10 days & then go on for another fortnight to Norfolk House Shanklin, about 3 miles from this place & much prettier I hope to be home about the 3d of next month.

We are too old & feeble a party for anywhere but home,—at least that is my private opinion; but I hope it may do Etty & Lenny good.

Half a dozen words on scrap of paper would suffice for answer.

My dear Hooker | Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin


Mrs Carmichael has not been identified.
Lindley 1846, of which there were several subsequent editions.


Lindley, John. 1846b. The vegetable kingdom. London: the author.


Regards from Isle of Wight.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 243
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2310,” accessed on 9 February 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7