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To J. D. Hooker   31 May [1866]

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Comments on JDH’s list – very good, but Orchids and Primula paper have too indirect a bearing to be worth mentioning. The Eozoon is a very important fact and to a much lesser degree the Archaeopteryx. Müller’s Für Darwin [1864] perhaps the most important contribution.

CD has forgotten to mention Bates on variation and JDH’s Arctic paper ["Distribution of Arctic plants", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 251–348] in new edition of Origin.

Now finds that Owen claims to be originator of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5106

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  • J.  D.  Hooker, 29 May 1866 . CD went to Leith Hill Place in Surrey, the home of his sister Caroline and his brother-in-law Josiah Wedgwood III , on 29 May; he returned to Down on Saturday 2 June 1866 ( Emma
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