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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   [21 March 1866]1



Dear Mrs Darwin

Thanks for your kind note.2 Mrs Hooker is going to spend Sunday, with a Lady friend near Sydenham, she would have been delighted to come, but I think she had better wait for better weather. And now that your husband is “restored to his friends” I hope I may ask to bring her before long.3

I am counting the days till Saturday4

Ever most sincerely Yrs | Jos D Hooker


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, [19 March 1866]. In 1866, the Wednesday after 19 March was 21 March.
Emma Darwin’s letter has not been found.
Frances Harriet Hooker and J. D. Hooker visited Down in June 1866 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
Hooker arrived at Down on Saturday 24 March 1866 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Mrs Hooker will not come with him to Down on Saturday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 102: 67
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5078,” accessed on 15 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14