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To J. D. Hooker   12–13 August [1863]

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Doubts Decaisne’s report of larkspur self-fertilisation.

Enthusiastically observes climbing plants. Needs to know how novel his observations are. Finds R. J. H. Dutrochet has made similar observations, so he has wasted some time. [See Climbing plants, p. 1 n.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12–13 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4266

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  • Darwin , known as Catherine, was 53; on 8 October 1863 she married Charles Langton , widower of Charlotte Wedgwood ( Emma Darwin (1915) , 2: 180–1). CD had lent Hooker a Wedgwood medallion of Erasmus Darwin (see letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [24 March 1863] ). …

From J. D. Hooker   [15 January 1863]

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JDH on Asa Gray’s sanguine view of the Civil War and slavery.

Wishes to discuss variation with CD, a subject that Huxley does not understand.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [15 Jan 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 101–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3919

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  • Emma Darwin and himself as ‘degenerate descendants of old Josiah W. ’, because of their insensibility to the pleasure of Wedgwood ware. In his letter to Hooker of 13 January [1863] , …

From J. D. Hooker   6 January 1863

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Falconer’s elephant paper.

Owen’s conduct.

Falconer’s view of CD’s theory: independence of natural selection and variation.

JDH on Tocqueville,

the principles of the Origin,

and the evils of American democracy.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 88–91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3902

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To J. D. Hooker   23 April [1863]

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Grieved by Falconer’s and Prestwich’s treatment of Lyell.

Reproductive anatomy of the common ash reminds CD of JDH’s Welwitschia because of its transitional forms.

Pleased JDH encourages Oliver to do orchids.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Apr [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 191
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4122

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  • Emma Darwin’s sister Charlotte. Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, Surrey, was the home of Josiah and Caroline Sarah Wedgwood , Emma’s brother and CD’s sister. See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 20 April 1863   …

To J. D. Hooker   9 February [1865]

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Falconer’s death haunts him. Personal annihilation not so horrifying to him as sun cooling some day and human race ending.

His health has been wretched.

Masters has written his agreement with CD’s "Climbing plants".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Feb [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4769

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  • letters to J.  D.  Hooker, 14 July [1863] and [27 January 1864] ( Correspondence vols.  11 and 12). Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood , Emma Darwin’ …

From J. D. Hooker   29 March 1864

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John Scott’s career.

Huxley’s vicious attack on anthropologists.

Critique of Joseph Prestwich’s theory of rivers.

Bitter feelings between the Hookers and the Veitch family of nurserymen.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 193–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4439

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  • Wedgwood ( Emma Darwin’s brother) and a partner in the Wedgwood pottery firm ( Freeman 1978 ). Hooker, a collector of Wedgwood ware, was especially interested in medallions (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 6 January 1863 , …

To J. D. Hooker   [9 May 1863]

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Lists the six honest believers in his species theory in England.

Asa Gray complains that Lyell acts like a judge on species, whereas CD complains of Lyell’s indecision.

CD working on divergence of leaves.

Distribution of Cameroon plants and the glacial theory.

Survival of island relics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [9 May 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4148

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To J. D. Hooker   24[–5] February [1863]

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CD’s opinion of Lyell’s Antiquity of man and of Owen’s comment on it.

Disappointed Lyell has not spoken out on species and on man.

Pleasure of new hothouse and the plants JDH supplied for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24[–5] Feb [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 183
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4009

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To J. D. Hooker   15 [February 1865]

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Hildebrand has sent copy of his paper on Pulmonaria in Botanische Zeitung.

How much should CD contribute to Falconer’s bust?

Oswald Heer on alpine and Arctic floras.

A. R. Wallace on geographical distribution in Malay Archipelago.

Lyell’s new edition of Elements. Wishes someone would do a book like it on botany.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [Feb 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4772

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  • Emma Darwin recorded in her diary (DAR 242) that ‘Ed.  3 Jossi & Horace’ came; that is, Edmund Langton and Katherine Elizabeth Sophy, Margaret Susan, and Lucy Caroline Wedgwood visited, and Horace Darwin , who had been in London since 20 February, returned home. The ‘Josselinas’ was the family nickname for Caroline and Josiah Wedgwood III’s daughters, with whom Edmund Langton was friendly (see Correspondence vol.  11, letter from Charles and Emma Darwin to W.  E.  Darwin, [4 May 1863]). …

From J. D. Hooker   15 September 1863

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Pleased CD accepts continental extension for New Zealand, whose flora has many genera like Rubus with great diversity and connecting intermediates. Suggests geological uplifting creates more space, hence opportunities for preservation of intermediates. Sees clash with CD on causes of extreme diversity of form in a group.

JDH’s attitude toward democratisation of science.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1863
Classmark:  DAR 101: 163–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4306

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  • Wedgwood works were at Etruria, near Hanley, one of the principal towns of the Potteries; Biddulph Grange is approximately seven miles north of Hanley. Henrietta Emma Darwin . The Darwin family were staying in Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, where CD was undergoing treatment at James Smith Ayerst’s hydropathic establishment (see letter to W.  D. Fox, 4 [September 1863] ). …
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