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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. D. Hooker to Emma Darwin   [13 May 1872]1

Royal Gardens Kew


My dear Mrs Darwin

I feel quite sorry that I wrote, & troubled you to write. I am again entangled in a lot of work that will prevent my leaving home at present, & hence with great regret defer my visit to you.2

I am beginning to wish that Vesuvius was nearer at hand, to put an end to all our troubles in a dignified manner.3

My wife sends her love & thanks— she wants a change badly, but cannot get away yet. I had said nothing to Harriete.4

Most sincerely Yrs | J D Hooker


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 11 May 1872. The Monday following 11 May 1872 was 13 May.
Mount Vesuvius began erupting on 24 April 1872 (The Times, 26 April 1872, p. 12).
Hooker’s wife was Frances Harriet Hooker; Harriet Anne Hooker was their daughter.


Work will prevent his visiting Down as he had planned.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Emma Wedgwood/Emma Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 103: 111
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8320,” accessed on 2 March 2024,

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