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To J. D. Hooker   [28 April 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Hooker

I return your specimens & elegant drawings with many thanks; I truly hope you did not think of making those drawings for my sake; for the information is more copious than I required & the name, which Berkeley has given will do instead of my poor description: I wish I knew the name of the double conical confervoid bodies, which I have figured.—2

I enclose Berkeley’s note, as I have copied all I want: wd you direct my note of thanks to him.

I have been vexed at my stupidity in having mentioned the Galapagos Plants to you at this time, for my Journal comes out in 3 numbers & the Galapagos will be in the last.3

If you have a scored copy of my Journal, with any corrections, I shd be much obliged for the loan of it; but I beg you not to give yourself any trouble; if you do, (as you have done about the confervæ) I must lose the advantage of asking you a few questions.

I am going tomorrow to see my Father at Shrewsbury for 10 days4 & on my return shall set to & finish my Journal.

Ever my dear Hooker | Yours most truly | C. Darwin


Dated on the basis of n. 4, below.
An illustration of a double Conferva in Journal of researches, p. 16, which remained unnamed in the second edition (Journal of researches 2d ed., p. 15). Miles Joseph Berkeley, however, named the other species as Trichodesmium erythræum.
The three parts of Journal of researches 2d ed. appeared on 28 June, c. 2 August, and c. 30 August (Freeman 1977, p. 35).
CD set out for Shrewsbury on 29 April 1845 (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Journal of researches 2d ed.: Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845.

Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


Returns specimens and drawings of Confervae with many thanks. Would appreciate any corrections for second edition of Journal of researches.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 32
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 861,” accessed on 22 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3