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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   1 July [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 1

My dear H.

I think you cd. not do better than propose Allman & what you say of his high merits I believe to be perfectly true.— I judge, however, only second hand, having never worked at his groups.— I observe that he is quoted with highest respect by foreign naturalists; but I cannot give you names; but I am sure that I have seen this.— You must know better than I do, but I am much surprised to see you put Algæ before his Hydroids.— I do not think that a word in your proposal is too strong.2

I shall be really proud to see Gen. Strachey here, for from all that I have heard I believe he is a truly great man.—3

Specimens of Drosera are waiting,—in fact in a passion to be examined—so good bye my dear old fellow | C. Darwin

By an accident, not thinking what I was doing, I tore off the blank half of your Proposal.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 30 June 1873.
Hooker had proposed George James Allman for a Royal Society of London medal (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 30 June 1873 and n. 8). Allman had published major works on polyzoa (Allman 1856) and tubularian hydroids (Allman 1871–2), but not on algae.
Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records that Hooker and Richard Strachey visited Down on 23 August 1873.


Allman, George James. 1856. A monograph of the fresh-water polyzoa: including all the known species, both British and foreign. London: Ray Society.

Allman, George James. 1871–2. A monograph of the gymnoblastic or tubularian hydroids. 2 vols. London: Ray Society.


Agrees with JDH on G. J. Allman’s work. Approves of JDH’s text proposing GJA for Royal Medal.

Will be proud to see General Richard Strachey at Down – a truly great man.

Specimens of Drosera are waiting to be examined.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 94: 265–6
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8960,” accessed on 12 June 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21