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To J. D. Hooker   10 February [1868]1


Feb. 10th

My dear Hooker

What is the good of having a friend, if one may not boast to him? I heard yesterday that Murray has sold in a week the whole edit. of 1500 copies of my book, & the sale so pressing that he has agreed with Clowes to get another edit in 14 days!2 This has done me a world of good for I had got into a sort of dogged hatred of my book. And now there has appeared a review in the Pall Mall which has pleased me excessively, more perhaps than is reasonable.3

I am quite content & do not now care how much I may be pitched into.— If by any chance you shd. hear who wrote the article in the Pall Mall, do please tell me: it is some one who writes capitally & knows the subject.

I went to luncheon on Sunday to Lubbocks,4 partly in hopes of seeing you, & be hanged to you, you were not there.

Your cock-a-hoop Friend | C. D


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868].
CD refers to John Murray, Variation, and the printers William Clowes & Sons. See letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868].
The review, which appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette for 10, 15, and 17 February 1868, was by George Henry Lewes ([Lewes] 1868a; see letter from G. H. Lewes, 2 March 1868).
John and Ellen Frances Lubbock lived at High Elms, about a mile and a half from Down House.


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Has heard that Variation sold the whole edition of 1500 copies in a week [see 5844]. Has done him a world of good. Pall Mall Gazette has review which pleased him exceedingly [see 5874].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 94: 50–1
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5856,” accessed on 3 February 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16