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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   26 November [1860]

Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 26th

My dear Hooker

Murray writes to me that he sold at his sale some 300 or 400 more copies of the Origin than he has; & that I must at once prepare a new Edition, which I intend to correct as far as I can. In beginning to look over my notes I find one (ominous to you) “Hooker has some criticisms for me”.—   Now I know perfectly well that you have no time to spare; but perhaps you have scored or scribbled notes on margin of your copy; if so would you lend it me, & send it by enclosed address.—   If not, would you just glance over the pages to see if you can remember any important corrections & not of course trouble yourself about trifles.—

I fear that even this will be bothersome to you at present; but I thought it a pity not just to mention it.—

Will you thank Oliver much for having hunted up so capitally the case of Apocynum androsæmifolium:1 & ask him whether it is possible to buy plants anywhere; for I presume you have it not at Kew.—   I think you should have it, for I remember my Fathers plants surprised beholders.—

Yours affect | C. Darwin

P.S. I have sent to Linn. Soc. to know if Meyen’s Ueber die Secretions organe die Pflanzen: is in Library;2 if it be not, & you have it, will you lend it me for a very short time, as I want much to consult it on one point about my beloved Drosera.—

I have just heard from Mr Kippist that they have not Meyen’s work.3 Have you?


Richard Kippist was the librarian of the Linnean Society of London.


Meyen, Franz Julius Ferdinand. 1837. Ueber die Secretionsorgane der Pflanzen. Berlin.


Preparing new edition of Origin and asks for JDH’s corrections and criticisms.

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Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 115: 76
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2999,” accessed on 17 April 2021,

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