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From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   11 December 1867

Royal Gardens Kew

Dec 11/67.

Dear Mrs Darwin

I should like to go to Down on Friday or Saturday week 20th. or 21st. & read a novel—1 I have told Mr Woolner of my proposal—2 he is very unwell with Influenza

My wifes votes are unfortunately promised or she would have been delighted to have helped your candidate.3

Very sincerely Yrs | Jos D Hooker


Hooker visited Down on 21 December 1867 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
Hooker had earlier expressed his wish to visit Down during early December 1867 (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 19 November 1867). See also letter from Thomas Woolner, 6 December 1867 and n. 1.
Hooker refers to Frances Harriet Hooker; neither the candidate nor the election has been identified.


Would like to come to Down on 20th or 21st.

Woolner is unwell.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 102: 185
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5724,” accessed on 18 May 2024,

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