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To J. D. Hooker   18 [May 1858]1

Down. Bromley Kent


My dear Hooker

I am in truth delighted at the thought of your coming here.2 Cannot Mrs. Hooker come also; it would be very nice? I am much obliged for her note.

For one sole reason, Sat. 29th. would be better; viz that I had intended staying in London for work till Saturday morning; but then I shall be sure to be knocked up, so that I shall return home on Friday, for I would not miss your first evening on any account.—

Now pray mind & speak the truth to me at Club & if you are not sure that 29th will suit equally well, let me go home on Friday

Ever yours | C. Darwin

There will be now no occasion to meet you at Club at 5 oclock.

The Omnibus meets the Train at Beckenham leaving London Bridge at 4o. 40’.—

I will send you & Mrs. Hooker back on Monday by carriage so as to escape horrid Omnibus Journey—

There is not least hurry in world about my M.S. I would rather you leave it till you feel disengaged, if that time ever comes to you.—


Dated by the relationship to the letter to J. D. Hooker, 16 May [1858], in which CD suggests meeting Hooker in London on 20 May before the meeting of the Philosophical Club of the Royal Society.
In his letter, Hooker apparently suggested that he visit Down House instead of meeting CD for a talk before the Philosophical Club meeting on 20 May, giving CD the choice of 22–3 or 29–30 May.


Arrangements for JDH to visit Down for weekend.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 233
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2275,” accessed on 21 April 2021,

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