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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [26 March 1868]1

4 Chester Place | R. Park. | N.W.


My dear Hooker

If I do not hear to the contrary I will come to Kew with Lizzie alone (for my wife & Etty are both afraid of the exertion, though they wd. enjoy it)2 on Saturday morning by Train which arrives at Kew at 10o 40 & return by the 12o 25, or possibly 12. 55 for my strength will be by that time exhausted by walking & seeing the Hot-houses. Hence we will not accept your invitation for Luncheon.—

If Saturday morning shd. be wet, it shall be Monday if not inconvenient to you.—

Yours affect | C. Darwin


The date is established by the endorsement. In 1868, 26 March was a Thursday.
CD refers to Elizabeth Darwin, Emma Darwin, and Henrietta Emma Darwin.


He and Lizzie [Elizabeth Darwin] will come to Kew on Saturday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
London, Chester Place, 4
Source of text
DAR 94: 58–9
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6052,” accessed on 8 February 2023,

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