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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   11 April [1861]

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 11.

My dear Hooker

In a note received this morning, Huxley mentions poor dear Henslow’s death.1 Thank God his sufferings are over.— I need not say how truly I sympathise with Mrs. Hooker’s & your own grief.— I think he was the best, the most noble character I ever knew. It will ever do one good to think of him.—

My dear friend | Yours affectionately | Ch. Darwin


The letter from Thomas Henry Huxley has not been found. CD had misunderstood Huxley’s note: John Stevens Henslow was seriously ill but still alive. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 [April 1861].


CD infers [incorrectly] from Huxley’s report that Henslow is dead.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 115: 96
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3116,” accessed on 17 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9