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To J. D. Hooker   16 [December 1844]

Down Bromley Kent

Monday 16

My dear Hooker

Really I do not know how to thank you half enough for all you have done for & sent to me: I might with truth do so for every single paragraph in your letter & every one volume. My wife begs to be most kindly remembered to you & she sends her best thanks for your valuable present.

I have not a quarter studied your botanico-geographical letter; & as I have to go to London tomorrow, I fear I must keep it for rather more than a week.— I will, then, also, commence first with the lent books, which will take me some little time, as I seldom am able to stand more than one hour’s scientific reading.— I began the Tasmanian J: last night & was astonished at its interest.

To get all your geographical facts in one’s head will be a hard task; I trust that your sketch1 will not have caused you ultimately loss of time, as, judging by myself, preliminary sketches & resketches do much good. Your remarks are exactly the thing, which ever since being in Tierra del Fuego, I have felt a keen curiosity about, & have often complained to Henslow, how rarely I cd find any such general remarks in Botanical works—I am far from a competent judge, but I cannot doubt, that your generalizations will be a most valuable & permanent gift to science. I cannot doubt that many others will be as much interested, as I am, in seeing all your results worked out.

Seriously I almost grieved, when I saw the length of your letter, that you shd have given up so much time to me,—Sir William will think me a bad friend to you—but anyhow, I trust, the sketch-part, of your geographical results, will not turn out lost time— When I return I shall have to learn, read & digest, & afterwards I will write my thanks again; for anything beyond my hearty thanks, I do not think I shall have to send.

Ever yours | C. Darwin


CD seems to be referring to some notes on the floras of New Zealand, Australia, and South America enclosed with the letter from Hooker, 12 December 1844.


Thanks for botanico-geographical remarks. CD greatly appreciates JDH’s valuable generalisations.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 23
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 800,” accessed on 18 January 2022,

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