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To J. D. Hooker   18 [May 1859]1



My dear Hooker

My health has quite failed. I am off tomorrow for a week of Hydropathy.—2 I am very very sorry to say that I cannot look over any proofs in this week, as my object is to drive the subject out of my head.3 I shall return tomorrow week. If it be worth while, which probably it is not, you could keep back any proof till my return home

In Haste | Ever yours | C. Darwin


Dated by CD’s visit to Moor Park hydropathic establishment from 21 to 28 May 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
CD’s journal records that he actually left for Moor Park on 21 May 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
CD refers to the proofs of Hooker 1859, which he was reading as they became ready.


Too ill to examine proofs of JDH’s Flora Tasmaniae [The botany of the Antarctic voyage, pt III].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 115: 16
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2463,” accessed on 23 July 2024,

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