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From J. D. Hooker   [29 July 1864]1

Royal Gardens Kew


Dr Darwin

Taylor the agent2 has found ships for Calcutta, but it is obviously impossible to decide what passage had better be taken except Scott himself comes up & inspects, whether 2d. class at £42 or 12 cabin 1st. Class at £65.— so much depends on ship &c &c &c.3 I have sent Scott the documents & written to this effect to him, also offering him opportunity of reading up India at Kew if he inclines to lodge here—4

Ever yr aff | J D Hooker

Answers to your Queries are half done & will go early next week.5


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, [4–]6 August 1864. The first Friday before 4 August 1864 was 29 July.
Hooker refers to the shipping agent Henry Taylor, of 7 East India Chambers, London (Post Office London directory 1864). See letter to J. D. Hooker, 12 July [1864].
For details of John Scott’s passage to Calcutta, see the letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 August 1864].
Scott visited Hooker at Kew on 13 August 1864 (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 August 1864]).
See memorandum to J. D. Hooker, [24 July 1864?].


Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


The Kew agent has looked into ships to Calcutta for Scott, who should come to Kew.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 101: 264
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4584,” accessed on 7 October 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12