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From J. D. Hooker   [2 June 1866]1



Dear Darwin

I grieve to hear of your state again.2

I assure you I am more grieved that you should vex yourself about the omissions as you call them—3 As to mine they prove nothing & there was no call to notice them. they can only claim to be illustrations of using your methods.4

Ever Yr aff | J D Hooker


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 31 May [1866]. In 1866, the first Saturday after 31 May was 2 June.
CD had complained of poor health and stomach troubles (see letters to J. D. Hooker, 31 May [1866] and [31 May 1866]).
CD had forgotten to include references to Bates 1860 and J. D. Hooker 1860a in his revisions for the fourth edition of Origin (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 31 May [1866] and n. 9).
Hooker had supported CD’s theory in J. D. Hooker 1859 and J. D. Hooker 1860a (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 29 May 1866 and n. 8).


Bates, Henry Walter. 1860. Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley. Diurnal Lepidoptera. [Read 5 March and 24 November 1860.] Transactions of the Entomological Society of London n.s. 5 (1858–61): 223–8, 335–61.

Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1859. On the flora of Australia, its origin, affinities, and distribution; being an introductory essay to the flora of Tasmania. London: Lovell Reeve.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


He is not grieved at CD’s omissions of his [JDH’s] work [from Origin, 4th ed.]. It proves nothing – claims only to be illustration of using CD’s methods.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 102: 78
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5110,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

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