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To J. D. Hooker   [29 August 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Hooker

I shall be extremely anxious to hear how your prospects are getting on, and busy as you will be, I trust you will, if successful let me know pretty soon.— Will you please to tell Sir William, that Lyell in a note to me2 says, that “Professor Forbes has just written to say, that he forwarded my letter, a very strong one, to the Ld. Provost of Edinburgh & he, Forbes, says it will not fail to be useful” Lyell adds, that according to Mr. Horner’s account the Provost is a well informed man.—3

It is delightful yet grievous to me to think of your success.— You must have had a multitude of letters to write, so don’t write to me, till you have a little leisure, & then no one will be more anxious to hear of the progress or result of things.

Do not forget sometime, to remind me of the best way to return your books & a copy of my own Journal, which thank all the Stars in Heaven, I have at last finished.—

Ever my dear Hooker | yours | C. Darwin

All our plans have been upset, by my wife, I am sorry to say, having made or rather still making a very ⁠⟨⁠s⁠⟩⁠low recovery:4 otherwise we shd have been in Staffordshire & I perhaps in Scotland ere this: as it is I hardly know when we can move.—


Possibly an excised portion of the letter from Charles Lyell, [after 2 August 1845].
Adam Black was lord provost of Edinburgh 1843–7. Lyell refers to James David Forbes, professor of natural philosophy at Edinburgh University.
From the birth of George Howard Darwin.


Anxious to hear of JDH’s prospects [at Edinburgh].

Has completed his Journal of researches.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 39
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 909,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3