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From Daniel Oliver   8 April 1867

Royal Gardens Kew

8 April 67

My dear Sir,

Mrs Hooker has put your note into my hands referring to Naegeli & Hieracia. 1

The difficulty about them is this that hardly anyone has a good set of the peculiar Highland forms excepting Mr James Backhouse Jr of York & the few to whom he has communicated specimens & I doubt if he would undertake to make up a set for Naegeli.2

Mr Baker of the Kew Herbarium has a fair collection of British Hieracia (he has himself published a fasciculus of Teesdale or No. Yorks. species) & he would be glad either to lend Naegeli his collection entire—or to make him up a set of duplicates so far as his stores allow. He has a good set of French critical species but these proby. N. has already from Jordan &c.3

Baker thinks neither Babington nor Watson likely to be able to help—at any rate in the way of giving N. a set.4

I shd. have mentioned that Dr Hooker is at Paris—a Juror5

Ever sincerely yrs | Danl. Oliver


Backhouse published his Monograph of the British Hieracia in 1856 (Backhouse 1856). Nägeli wanted to exchange a set of German and Alpine species of Hieracium (hawkweeds) for a complete set of British species (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 April [1867]).
John Gilbert Baker was an assistant in the Kew herbarium; he published on the botany of North Yorkshire, including Hieracium, in Baker and Nowell 1854 and Baker 1863. Oliver also refers to the French botanist Alexis Jordan.
Joseph Dalton Hooker was a juror for seeds and saplings of forest trees at the Paris exhibition (Gardeners’ Chronicle, 6 April 1867, p. 348).


Backhouse, James. 1856. A monograph of the British Hieracia. York: William Simpson.

Baker, John Gilbert. 1863. North Yorkshire; studies of its botany, geology, climate and physical geography. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green.


Arrangements for obtaining Carl Nägeli a set of British Hieracium specimens.

Letter details

Letter no.
Daniel Oliver
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 173: 33
Physical description
ALS 4pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5494,” accessed on 26 September 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15