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From J. D. Hooker   [7 April 1862]1

Royal Gardens Kew

Dr. Darwin

I shall I hope be able to send you Vanilla Flowers in a day or two.—2 How are you after your tremendous effect on the placid Linnæans?3

Ever yrs affec | J D Hooker

Kew   Monday.


Dated by the reference to CD’s having recently read a paper at a meeting of the Linnean Society (see n. 3, below), and by the relationship to the letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 [April 1862]. The first Monday following the meeting in question was 7 April 1862.
CD had been anxious to examine specimens of the orchid tribe Arethuseae, to which the genus Vanilla belongs, before completing Orchids, but had been unable to procure any living flowers (see Correspondence vol. 9, letters to J. D. Hooker, 27 July [1861] and 13 [August 1861], and this volume, letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 [April 1862]). See also Orchids, p. 269.
CD read his paper, ‘Three sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum, before the Linnean Society of London on 3 April 1862 (see letter to Charles Lyell, 1 April [1862] and n. 5).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.

‘Three sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum’: On the three remarkable sexual forms of Catasetum tridentatum, an orchid in the possession of the Linnean Society. By Charles Darwin. [Read 3 April 1862.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 6 (1862): 151–7. [Collected papers 2: 63–70.]


Will hope to be able to send Vanilla flowers in a day or two.

How is CD after his tremendous effect on the placid Linneans? ["Sexual forms of Catasetum", Collected papers 2: 63–70; read 3 Apr 1862.]

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3495,” accessed on 21 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10