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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [16 or 23 February or 1 or 8 or 15 March 1872]1

9. Devonshire St. Portland Place


My dear Hooker.—

Shall you be at home on Sunday & may we drive down on Sunday morning & spend an hour or 112 hour at most with you? We cd start at 9o clock & I suppose arrive about 10° 14. & leave again about 1114 or 12.— I shd so much like just to see you & have a look at the great Hot-Houses.— Please send a Post-Card with “yes” or “no”2

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The dates are established by the address. CD stayed at 9 Devonshire Street, London, from 16 February to 21 March 1872 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). The Fridays during this period were 16 and 23 February, and 1, 8, and 15 March.
No reply has been found, and it is not known whether the Darwins visited Kew at this time.


Suggests a visit to Kew to see the hot houses the following Sunday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
Newcastle University Special Collections (Pybus (Professor Frederick) Archive GB186 FP/2/7/35)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8212F,” accessed on 1 April 2023,