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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [18 November 1844]

Down Bromley Kent.


My dear Hooker

I write one line to send my thanks to Sir William & yourself for your kind invitation, which I shd have had real pleasure in accepting, had I been able.— But I assure you a morning’s work in London totally unfits me for everything, even the quietest conversation, in the evening: I have long, to my sorrow, been compelled to relinquish the Geological evening meetings & attend only at the Council.1

Whenever, it would suit you to come here, it wd. give us very great pleasure & if you can spare the time do in December propose yourself. | In Haste | Ever yours | C. Darwin


CD was an officer or council member of the Geological Society from 1837 to 1850. In 1844 he was a vice-president.


Would like JDH to visit. Regrets he will not be fit to visit JDH.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 20
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 792,” accessed on 20 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3