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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   [8 May 1862]1

6. Queen Anne St


My dear William

a note from Hooker has been forwarded to me here from Down, in which he says he will soon write to you about your coming there.2 I had heard nothing of this; but the Hookers have just had all their Plate stolen & in consequence much bother with Police &c &c & this has delayed Hooker writing. I have been doing odds & ends in London & am now just starting for the Exhibition!!3

Yours | C. Darwin

a good account of Horace last night.—4


The date is established by reference to CD’s trip to London in May 1862 (see nn. 2 and 3, below); 8 May 1862 was a Thursday.
Letter from J. D. Hooker, [5 May 1862]. According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), CD travelled to London on 6 May 1862 and returned to Down on 9 May.
The International Exhibition opened in South Kensington, London, on 1 May 1862 (The Times, 2 May 1862, p. 11).
Horace Darwin was ill throughout the early part of 1862 (see Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Hooker has written about WED’s going to Kew.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 97
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3525,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

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