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From J. D. Hooker   19 September 1866

Royal Gardens Kew

Dear old Darwin

Seringe has come all safe.1

Mrs Hooker tells me of the distress you are again in—2 My dear friend we do feel deeply for you—

The Drosera shall go in a day or two—3

Ever yr affec | J D Hooker

Kew Sept. 19/66.


The reference is to Frances Harriet Hooker. Hooker probably alludes to the illness of CD’s sister, Susan Elizabeth Darwin, who died two weeks later. Her death was thought to have been imminent at the end of August (see letter to W. D. Fox, 24 August [1866]).
Hooker had promised to send a specimen of Drosera binata (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 18 August 1866).


Seringe, Nicolas Charles. 1830. Pommier monstrueux de St.-Vallery, avec une notice sur la disposition des carpelles de plusieurs fruits. Bulletin Botanique ou Collection de Notices Originales et d’Extraits des Ouvrages Botaniques no. 5, May 1830, pp. 117–25.


[N. C.?] Seringe’s article [unspecified] has come safely.

Feels deeply at CD’s distress [Susan Darwin is dying].

Drosera will go in a day or two.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 102: 103
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5214,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14