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From J. D. Hooker   13 August 1869



Did not intend to imply that Hallett said variation stopped, but that it arrives at a point where further accumulation in direction sought is so slow as to result practically in fixity of type – but not absolute fixity.

Duke of Argyll has requested JDH to superintend publication of a flora of India. JDH thinks he [Argyll] is paying him off for his kick at natural theology.

Willy [Hooker] returning from New Zealand.

A unique character in Drosophyllum.

Sees no reason for CD to contribute to Ross and Faraday memorials.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 27–9, DAR 100: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6862

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  • … of The flora of British India ( J.  D.  Hooker 1872–97 ) in 1875 under the authority of …

To T. H. Farrer   10 August [1869]


THF’s view, if confirmed, pleases CD in that what appears a mere morphological character is found to be of use. Carl Nägeli has been attacking him on this head.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  10 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6859

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  • 1872 ; for the history of the paper, see ibid. , p.  478). Carl Wilhelm von Nägeli had criticised CD’s theories in Nägeli 1865 ; see letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 13 January 1869  and n.  1. See Correspondence vol.  16, letters to J.  D.   …