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To J. D. Hooker   31 July [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 31st

My dear Hooker

As soon as you return please send me a Post-card, with word “yes” on it.—2

I have 3 common garden plants which it is of great importance for me to know the correct names, & I would send you specimens in tin-box. I think it could not take you many minutes to name them. I have seen various names used, & am quite bothered. I hope your tour has answered.3

Yours affect, | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 3 August 1873.
Hooker accompanied Thomas Henry Huxley on a recuperative visit to France from 2 July to 2 August 1873 (see letters from J. D. Hooker, 30 June 1873 and 3 August 1873).
The plants have not been identified but they were probably named by Hooker when he visited Down on 23 August 1873 (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 4 August [1873], and Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Has three common garden plants of which he needs to know correct names; will send specimens as soon as he hears JDH is back.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 94: 267
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8991,” accessed on 10 December 2022,

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