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From J. D. Hooker   [29 December 1866]1



Dear Darwin

By all means let Heer have the Bournemouth leaves, I have no time even to look at them; & Heer works them better than anyone— They are usually so fragile that they should be so packed at once, as not to be disturbed till in the hands of Heer. & Sulivan had better take a little time & patience about that point. How to get them to Heer is another point, I will write & ask him.2

I am very glad you have taken up the Book-cutting matter.3 I had a great mind to— The Yankees are far ahead of us in all such matters.4 Our Publishers are Penny-wise Pound foolish, Pragmatical Prigs— there then— I have spoken to several on the subject, but none would even listen.

Ever yrs | J D Hooker.

I go on Monday to Norwich for 3 days


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 28 [December 1866]. In 1866, the first Saturday after 28 December was 29 December.
Bartholomew James Sulivan had offered to send Hooker specimens of fossil leaves he had found in Eocene beds near Bournemouth (see letter from B. J. Sulivan, 25 December 1866). CD had suggested that Oswald Heer might be interested in them (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 28 [December 1866]). Heer was a professor of botany and entomology at Zurich, Switzerland (DSB).
From the 1850s, North American publications had the pages trimmed (see Tebbel 1972, pp. 260–1).


DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

Tebbel, John. 1972. A history of book publishing in the United States. Vol. 1, The creation of an industry, 1630–1865. New York and London: R. R. Bowker.


Suggests fossil leaves go to Heer.

Agrees with CD on cut pages in books.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 102: 129–30
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5328,” accessed on 14 May 2021,

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