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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   16 May [1858]

Down Bromley Kent

May 16th

My dear Hooker

Will you give me a meeting at Thatched House Tavern on Thursday at 5o oclock, as I want very much to ask you one or two questions.—1 I hope this will not be inconvenient to you.—

If I do not hear I will be there at 5o oclock.— I presume you will have done the horrid job of considering my M.S.—2 I am in no sort of hurry, more especially as I know full well you will be dreadfully severe.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The Philosophical Club of the Royal Society met for dinner at the Thatched House Tavern, St James’s, before meetings of the Royal Society in nearby Burlington House. CD attended the meeting held on Thursday, 20 May 1858 (Philosophical Club minutes, Royal Society).
CD refers to the manuscript on large and small genera (DAR 15.1) that he had sent to Hooker for his comments (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 May [1858]).


Arranges meeting with JDH at Thatched House Tavern.

Eager for JDH’s reaction to MS on large and small genera.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 114: 235
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2274,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7