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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [4 June 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Hooker

I hope you are getting on well with your lectures & that you have enjoyed some pleasant walks during the late delightful weather. I write to tell you (as perhaps you might have had fears on the subject) that your books have arrived safely, viz., your paper,—M. Gerard’s one on Species,2 which I am particularly glad to see & have sent to endeavour to get one—Boston Journal—Canary Isd—D’Urville3 — I am exceedingly obliged to you for them, & will take great care of them: they will take me some time to read carefully.

I send to day the corrected M.S. of the first number of my Journal in the Colonial Library,4 so that if you chance to know of any gross mistake in the first 214 pages, (if you have my Journal), I shd be obliged to you to tell me. I have just heard from Sulivan, that he has made a grand collection of fossil quadrupeds from the R. Gallegos in the southern part of Patagonia.5

Do not answer this for form sake; for you must be very busy. We have just had the Lyells here, & you ought to have a wife to stop you working too much, as Mrs Lyell peremptorily stops Lyell.

Ever yours | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, [6 June 1845].
Boston Journal of Natural History, containing Hayes 1844; Webb and Berthelot 1836–50; Dumont d’Urville [1841–54].
Actually sent on Thursday 5 June, see letters to John Murray, [31 May 1845] and [6 June 1845].


Dumont d’Urville, Jules Sébastien César. [1841–54]. Voyage au pôle sud et dans L’Océanie sur les corvettes L’Astrolabe et La Zélée, 1837–40. 23 vols. Paris.

Gérard, Frédéric. 1844. De l’espèce dans les corps organisés. Extract from d’Orbigny, Alcide Charles Victor Dessalines, ed., Dictionnaire universel d’histoire naturelle. 16 vols. Paris. 1841–9.

Hayes, John Lord. 1844. Probable influence of icebergs upon drift. Boston Journal of Natural History 4: 426–52.


JDH’s books have arrived safely.

Is sending him corrected MS of first part of Journal of researches [2d ed.].

Lyells have just visited.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 34
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 864,” accessed on 26 June 2022,

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