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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [23 February 1860]1



My dear Hooker

As usual when I set my heart on anything I cannot do it—a bad cold has made my stomach intolerably bad.—   It is the more provoking as I must, if I can, be in London tomorrow to see my Doctor—   I am so very sorry that you will have gone early to club. for my sake.—2

I enclose A. Gray’s letter as it is partly Botanical; please return it in empty cover.—3 I send, also, the remainder of Gray’s Review.—   Please forward it to Dr Boott4 as requested & ask him to send it to Lyell.—

Yours ever | C. D.


Dated by the endorsement and by the relationship to the letter to J. D. Hooker, [20 February 1860].
CD had hoped to attend a meeting of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society on 23 February 1860 (letter to J. D. Hooker, [20 February 1860]).
Asa Gray’s letter has not been found.
Francis Boott, the American-born physician and botanist, was a close friend of Hooker’s and Gray’s. The reference is to [Gray] 1860a.


Too ill to go to club.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 115: 42
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2708,” accessed on 9 February 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8