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From John Tyndall   8 June [1872]1

Royal Institution of Great Britain

8th June

My dear Darwin

The enclosed is now being copied & you will be asked to sign it in a day or two.2

We propose confining the signatures to 10 or 12 good names.3

I hope you will think that we have made out a good case. I have boiled down the correspondence so as to enable outsiders to form a quick judgement

Yours ever | John Tyndall

Chas Darwin Esq


The year is established by reference to the enclosed memorial; see n. 2, below.
A memorial in support of Joseph Dalton Hooker in his dispute with Acton Smee Ayrton over the running of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was sent to the prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone, on 20 June 1872 and published on 11 July (enclosure to letter from John Lubbock to W. E. Gladstone, 20 June 1872; Nature 6 (1872): 211–16; see also letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 May 1872).
In addition to CD and Tyndall, the memorial was signed by George Bentham, George Burrows, George Busk, Henry Holland, Thomas Henry Huxley, Charles Lyell, James Paget, Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, and William Spottiswoode.


Sends CD a copy of the memorial supporting Hooker’s case against A. S. Ayrton’s interference in the administration of Kew Gardens.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Tyndall
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Royal Institution
Source of text
DAR 106: C9
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8375,” accessed on 21 January 2020,

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