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From J. D. Hooker   6 and 7 April 1850


Spoke too harshly about CD’s involvement in nomenclatural reform.

JDH used to think CD "too prone to theoretical considerations about species", hence was pleased CD took up a difficult group like barnacles. CD’s theories have progressed but JDH not converted. Sikkim has not cleared up his doubts about CD’s doctrines.

Argument with Falconer.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 and 7 Apr 1850
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (India Letters 1847–51: 274–6 JDH/1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1319

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  • … See letter to J.  D. Hooker, 12 October 1849 . In his notes on variation in nature, DAR …
  • letter from J.  D. Hooker, 3 February 1849 . Jang Bahadur, prime minister of Nepal, had assisted Hooker in gaining permission and protection for his first expedition to Nepal in 1848 ( J.  D. …
  • … of peaks in Tibet (see letter from J.  D. Hooker, 24 June 1849 ). A.  von Humboldt 1843 . …
  • … to be made (see second letter from J.  D. Hooker, 3 February 1849 , n.  12). Presumably an …

To J. D. Hooker   13 June [1850]



On Himalayan stratigraphy. Believes JDH’s observations of glacial action are the first ever done east of Urals.

Barnacles and the species theory; impressed with variation.

Effect of CD’s species sketch on JDH’s view of willow systematics.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 June [1850]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1339

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To Maria Hooker   31 August [1850]


Expresses sympathy to MSH on W. J. Hooker’s illness.

Will send his comments on Hodgson’s physico-geographical memoir ["On the physical geography of the Himalayas", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 18 (1849): 761–88] directly to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Maria Sarah (Maria) Turner; Maria Sarah (Maria) Hooker
Date:  31 Aug [1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.95)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1349

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  • … 1967 , p.  188). Hodgson 1849 . See letter from J.  D. Hooker, 6 and 7 April 1850 . Hooker …

To W. J. Hooker   22 May [1850]


Encloses a letter from J. D. Hooker [see 1257], thinking that WJH would like to see it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Jackson Hooker
Date:  22 May [1850]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence English letters A–H 1850, 29: 200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1331

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  • Letter from J.  D. Hooker, 30 September 1849 . A reference to the verse at the head of …

To G. R. Waterhouse   [January–June 1850]


Wishes to propose John Lubbock as a member of the Entomological Society.

Asks for B. H. Hodgson’s pamphlet on sheep ["Tame sheep and goats", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 16 (1847): 1003–26]. Asks for odd numbers of GRW’s work [A natural history of the Mammalia (1846–8)]. Regrets that this work has stopped.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Robert Waterhouse
Date:  [Jan–June 1850]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (Archives DF PAL/100/6/6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1144

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  • … Waterhouse this pamphlet, see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 28 March 1849 . Waterhouse 1846–8 . …

To W. J. Hooker   [January 1850]


Thanks WJH for information about J. D. Hooker; CD was very anxious to hear something about his safety.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Jackson Hooker
Date:  [Jan 1850]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence English letters A–H 1850, 29: 201)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1285

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  • letter to his family reporting that, though kept under detention, he was not in danger. Both hostages were released on 23 December 1849 as a result of a threat of force by the British Government. The incident led to the annexation of southern Sikkim by the British. See J.  D. Hooker

To Adam Sedgwick   11 October [1850]


Thanks AS for a copy of his book, Discourse [on the studies of the University, 5th ed.].

Thinking of not sending his eldest son [William] to a classical school.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Adam Sedgwick
Date:  11 Oct [1850]
Classmark:  Rensselaer Libraries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Gerald and Sue Friedman manuscript collection MC 72 Box 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1369F

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  • letter to Susan Darwin, [19 March 1849] ). He visited Malvern again from 11 to 18 June 1850 ( ibid. , Appendix I) and had also been practising the cure at home (see ibid. , letter to J.  D.  Hooker, …

To W. D. Fox   [May 1850]


Details of his continuing water-cure regimen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [May 1850]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1323

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  • … hydropathic practice, see letter to J.  D. Hooker, 28 March 1849 , n.  2. When he began …

To J. D. Hooker   3 February [1850]



Hooker’s imprisonment.

Birth of Leonard Darwin.

Barnacles will never end; on to fossils.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Feb [1850]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1300

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  • letter to W.  J. Hooker, [January 1850] , n.  1. CD was elected onto the council of the Royal Society in November 1849; he attended only one council meeting on 7 February 1850 and was not re-elected (Royal Society, Minutes of Council 1846–58). See second letter from J.  D. Hooker, …
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