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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   14 May [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 14th

My dear Hooker

I am very sorry that you cannot come here, as I had been looking forward to the pleasure, & it would have been a change for you; but I am far more sorry that you are still so much troubled.2 I know no man in the world that has so little merited trouble as you. Good God how I do hope that they will in the House of Lords pitch into that accursed fellow.—3 Come here when you conveniently can—.

Yours affectionately | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 11 May 1872.
CD refers to Acton Smee Ayrton; see letter from J. D. Hooker, 11 May 1872 and n. 1.


Is sorry JDH cannot come to Down.

Hopes the House of Lords "pitch into the accursed fellow" [Ayrton].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 94: 224
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8330,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

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