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From J. D. Hooker   [30 April 1863]1

Royal Gardens Kew


My dear Darwin

I am puzzled & distressed at the loss of your letter from Haast.2 I fancy that I do recollect it’s coming in that I sent you, & I thought I had on its receipt put it out addressed to you to go by Post with a whole heap of other letters on the night of my return from Jersey.3 My wife on the other hand saw no such letter when she stamped the batch. I had such a heap of letters to read through including 2 from Haast that I cannot speak positively of seeing the enclosure to you at all. My wife’s not having seen it is odd—& makes me think that I may have confounded Haast’s notice of its being enclosed, with my present idea that I saw itself   I have hunted every where in vain for it, & am at my wits end about it. That it did not go to Post is certain, for I sent all letters through my wife. It is also odd that I should not have thought of enclosing it in a letter of my own to you, as I intended to write to you the first thing after my return.

I shall continue my search, meanwhile I see no way out of my perplexity.

Ever yours | Dumbfoundered | J D Hooker

P.S. | I am now going to Town about the R.S. Elections4   have you any hints to give me.?


The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 April 1863, and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 April [1863], and by the reference to the Royal Society elections (see n. 4, below).
Hooker sent CD a letter from Julius von Haast to Hooker dated 10 December 1862 (see enclosure to letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 April 1863). In the letter Haast mentioned enclosing a letter to CD (dated 9 December 1862) and asked Hooker to forward it; either the letter was not enclosed by Haast, or Hooker misplaced it. CD eventually received a copy of the letter from Haast (see letter from Julius von Haast, 5 March 1863 and n. 5). Haast’s letter of 9 December 1862 is printed in Correspondence vol. 10, and also in this volume, with his letter of 5 March 1863.
Hooker had returned on 17 April 1863 from a trip to Dorset and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 April 1863 and n. 1).
The council of the Royal Society of London, of which Hooker was a member, drew up the shortlist of candidates for election to the fellowship at their meeting of 30 April 1863 (Royal Society, Council minutes, 30 April 1863).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


JDH has lost a letter from Julius von Haast intended for CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 101: 132–3
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4133,” accessed on 25 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11