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From J. D. Hooker   [5 February 1872?]1

Royal Gardens Kew


D. D.

Do not write with enclosed but return it, except indeed you have any questions to ask apropos. it is from Govr Lefroy of Bermuda.2 I was wonderfully rested by my two nights at Down— I had not slept so well for weeks

Ever yours affec | J D Hooker

I do hope that Mrs Darwin is better & George too.3


The date is conjectured from a reference in CD’s Account books (see n. 2, below) and from the reference to Hooker’s visit to Down. According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Hooker arrived at Down on 3 February 1872. The first Monday following that date was 5 February.
The enclosure has not been found, but an entry in CD’s Account book–bank account for 29 January 1872 records a payment of £1 for ‘Lefroy—Castle Moreton (charity)’. John Henry Lefroy was governor of Bermuda from April 1871 to May 1877 (ODNB).
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Emma was ill from 17 to 29 January 1872. There is no mention of in the diary George Howard Darwin’s being ill; however, according to F. Darwin 1916, p. xiv, his health deteriorated over the course of 1872.


Darwin, Francis. 1916. Memoir of Sir George Darwin. In Scientific papers, by George Howard Darwin. Vol. 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


Sends a communication [missing] from Gov. J. H. Lefroy of Bermuda.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 103: 105–6
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8200,” accessed on 16 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20