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From J. D. Hooker   17 August 1874

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Describes his work on Nepenthes.

Cephalotus is a beast.

His address is a history of Dionaea, Sarracenia, and Drosera.

Thiselton-Dyer has helped enormously except with the observations; but his health is so poor that JDH thinks he is "evidently cut out for a Literate not a working botanist".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 214–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9602

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  • … Hooker, 22 July 1874 . John Scott Burdon Sanderson (see J.  D.  Hooker 1874a, p.  103). …

To J. D. Hooker   20 July [1874]

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"It is grand about Nepenthes."

JDH is welcome to notice in any way any of CD’s published or unpublished results with insectivorous plants. Gives an abstract of his observations on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 July [1874]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873–8: 32–37)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9555

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  • … from J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 13 August [1873] , and letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, …
  • … carboxylic acids. See letter from J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 30 March [1874] ). See letter …
  • J.  D.  Hooker, 18 July 1874  and n.  2). In the summer of 1873, CD had described his work on Drosera (sundew) to John Scott Burdon Sanderson, …

To J. D. Hooker   14 April [1875]

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CD and others now think it advisable to go further than a petition on vivisection, and a bill has been drafted.

F. Delpino’s pamphlet on pitchers ["Sulle pianti a bicchieri", Nuovo G. Bot. Ital. 3 (1871): 174–6].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 384–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9927

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  • … on the subject (see letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, [11 April 1875] ). CD refers to …
  • … home secretary (see letter from J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 12  April [1875] ). Hooker was …

From J. D. Hooker   22 July 1874

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Stupefied by CD’s trouble and kindness. All he wanted for Belfast meeting was assurance that mention of published work on Drosera, etc., in Nature, etc., would not interfere with CD’s book.

Would like his Nepenthes results to go to CD or to Royal Society, but prefers CD take them.

Cephalotus very puzzling.

Peas and cabbage grow twice as fast after two days’ immersion in Nepenthes as when placed in distilled water, but four days’ immersion seems to kill them.

Has a splendid Australian Drosera twice as big as D. rotundifolia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 210–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9558

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  • … Correspondence vol 21, letters to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 15 August 1873  and 27 August  …
  • J.  D.  Hooker, 18 July 1874 , and n.  3, below). CD had not published any of his research on insectivorous plants in Nature , but an article on electrical phenomena in Dionaea by John Scott Burdon Sanderson

From J. D. Hooker   [after 4 September 1874]

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Forwards a letter reporting on a blow-fly trapped by a leaf of Dionaea; decomposition of fly has also decomposed the leaf. JDH has written asking for a strong plant, and explaining the case [of surfeit].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 222–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9615

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  • … bladderwort). See letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 21 August [1874] and n.  5, and …

From J. D. Hooker   [23 September 1873]

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Thanks for C. E. Norton’s address.

Tyndall’s answer [Nature 8 (1873): 399] has surprised and disappointed him;

great trouble in announcing Tyndall’s election as President Elect [of BAAS] yesterday. Tyndall may throw up the Presidency. Spottiswoode and JDH have concocted a letter telling him the facts.

A very poor dull meeting. Comments on papers by W. C. Williamson, Clerk Maxwell, David Ferrier, Burdon Sanderson [Rep. BAAS 43: lxx–xci, 23–32,126–7, 131–3].

Has heard Huxley is back quite well.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 173–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9063

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  • … Dionæa muscipula ’ (Burdon Sanderson 1873a; see letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 19 September [ …

To J. D. Hooker   28 June 1873

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Thanks for Dionaea.

George Bentham’s last Linnean Society [Presidential] Address [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1873): viii–xxix]. Admires it greatly.

CD’s recent work leads him to a different theory [from GB’s] on the separation of the sexes of plants.

Huxley has been at Down working with CD on Drosera – very helpful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 263–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8956

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  • … s work on Drosera (sundew), see the letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 26 June [1873] . …

To J. D. Hooker   30 August [1874]

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Thanks JDH for his "quite admirable" address [Rep. BAAS 44 (1874) pt 2: 102–16]. Suggests revisions.

CD thinks he is "now on right track about Utricularia" after wasting several weeks "in fruitless trials and observations".

Mrs Barber’s paper is very curious and ought to be published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Aug [1874]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/6/3 Insectivorous plants 1873–8: 40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9613

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  • … Scott Burdon Sandersons experiments on Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap; J.  D.  Hooker  …

To J. D. Hooker   19 September [1873]

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Obliged for information on Mimosa albida; if a vigorous plant behaves as JDH says, CD’s notions are all knocked on the head.

Anxious to read Tyndall’s answer to Tait [Nature 8 (1873): 399].

Drosera story too long for his strength. Essentially the leaves act just like stomach of an animal.

Burdon Sanderson will give some grand facts at BAAS about Dionaea.

Offers to help JDH with Nepenthes experiments. Finds experimental work always takes twice as much time as anticipated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 277–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9059

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  • … of Drosera (sundew) in the letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 27 August 1873 . John Scott …
  • Burdon Sanderson 1873a) at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting held at Bradford from 17 to 24 September 1873. Hooker intended to experiment on Nepenthes , the tropical pitcher-plant, in the same way that CD had experimented on the carnivorous plants Drosera and Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap) (see letter from J.   …

To J. D. Hooker   12 September [1873]

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Thanks JDH and Thiselton-Dyer for useful information.

Is surprised Mimosa albida is not sensitive to water. Asks that they try again, or lend it to him.

Remembers a walk in Brazil in great bed of Mimosa.

After JDH left, CD was very bad, with much loss of memory and severe shocks continually passing through his brain.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 274–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9052

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  • … s diary (DAR 242)). See letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 27 August 1873  and n.  3. …

To J. D. Hooker   25 March [1874]

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Thanks for information about Hedychium. Hopes wings of Sphinx will be found covered with pollen for that will be a fine bit of prophecy from the structure of a flower to special and new means of fertilisation.

Has been at Descent so hard he has done nothing, not even H. Spencer’s answer.

Has not yet read Croll ["Ocean currents", London Edinburgh & Dublin Philos. Mag. 47 (1874): 94–122, 168–90].

Has heard nothing about Carter and Eozoon. Eozoon, he infers, is done for.

Has read Belt [The naturalist in Nicaragua (1874)]: best of all natural history travel books.

Has written to Fritz Müller about leaf-carrying ants.

Hopes to resume work on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 317–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9372

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  • … Joseph Knight. See letter to J.  S.  Burdon Sanderson, 21 March 1874  and n.  2. Hooker …

From J. D. Hooker   15 April 1875

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Approves vivisection memorial.

Lyon Playfair supports his request for Kew assistant.

Asks whether CD has botanical suggestions for Arctic expedition.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 23–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9932

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  • Burdon Sanderson and others (see letter to E. H. Stanley, 15 April 1875 and n. 2). Hooker was president of the Royal Society of London. Richard Strachey. Harriet Anne Hooker. Athenaeum Club, London. Hooker had applied to have an assistant appointed to help with his work at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (see letter from J.   …
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