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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   14 May [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 14th

My dear Hooker

I am very sorry that you cannot come here, as I had been looking forward to the pleasure, & it would have been a change for you; but I am far more sorry that you are still so much troubled.2 I know no man in the world that has so little merited trouble as you. Good God how I do hope that they will in the House of Lords pitch into that accursed fellow.—3 Come here when you conveniently can—.

Yours affectionately | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 11 May 1872.


Is sorry JDH cannot come to Down.

Hopes the House of Lords "pitch into the accursed fellow" [Ayrton].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 94: 224
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8330,” accessed on 14 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20