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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 A.  Gray 1849 ; however, Hooker could not recall the article (see letter from J.  D.   …

From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker   [28 April 1864]

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Emma prepares JDH for his visit to Wedgwood factory and Barlaston.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4473

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  • letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [26 or 27 April 1864] and n.  2. Rhododendron falconeri was one of the rhododendrons collected by J.  D. Hooker during his Himalayan travels from 1847 to 1850 and described in J.  D. Hooker 1849 . …

To Ray Society   [14–18 January 1865]

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"Read a letter from Mr Darwin expressing his regret that the state of his health would not permit of his writing an Introductory Chapter to the Translation of Gaertner’s work [Bastarderzeugung im Pflanzenreich (1849)]."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ray Society
Date:  [14–18 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Library MSS RAY A: vol. 2, p. 107r: Minute 1146, 3d February 1865)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4764

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  • 1849 ). See letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 1 January 1865  and n.  1, and letter to Ray Society, [before 7 January 1865] ; see also letter to J.  D.   …

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

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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 J. D. Hooker   27 [or 28 September 1865]

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Agrees with JDH on difference in grief over loss of father and of child. His love of his father.

The Reader.

Politics and science.

Health improved by Bence Jones’s diet.

[Dated "Thursday 27th" by CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [27 or 28] Sept 1865
Classmark:  DAR 115: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4901

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From J. D. Hooker   6 October 1865

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On novels he has been reading: Eliot, Richardson, etc.

On Wallace, the Reader, and anthropology.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 37–42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4910

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  • … Medal in 1849. For Hooker’s opinion of Murchison, see the letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 3  …

To J. D. Hooker   26 [December 1859]

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High, detailed praise for introductory essay to Flora Tasmaniae [reprinted as On the flora of Australia (1859)]. CD expects it to convert botanists from doctrine of immutable creation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 33, 30a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2606

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To J. D. Hooker   8 November [1861]

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Orchid anatomy: homologies of column vascularisation.

Primula paper sent to Linnean Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 126, 129b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3311

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  • letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 1 November [1861] . See letters to J.  D.  Hooker, 27 October [1861] , and to John Lindley , 1 November [1861]. Link 1849 . …

From J. D. Hooker   [28 September 1864]

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Sends Nepenthes laevis.

Wallace for the Royal Medal is a good thought.

W. H. Harvey is at Kew and JDH has asked him about desert climbers.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Sept 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4623

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From J. D. Hooker   [c. 25 March 1854]

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JDH summarises letter from Humboldt.

JDH answers CD’s questions on glacial action in Himalayas.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 25 Mar 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 382
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1559

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  • … and in Correspondence vol.  4, letter from J.  D. Hooker, 3 February 1849 , n.  12. Henry …

To W. J. Hooker   [January 1850]

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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

From J. D. Hooker   30 September 1849

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CD partly right. JDH was calling "stratification" what CD calls "foliation". Answers CD’s question on cleavage foliation in Himalayas. Glacial action.

Charmed by CD’s Admiralty instructions on geology [in Manual of scientific enquiry (1849), Collected papers 1: 227–50], but complains he does not give prices of books and instruments he recommends.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Sept 1849
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (India letters 1847–51: 217–18 JDH/1/10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1257

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  • 1849. Before working in India, he had been employed by the Geological Survey of Great Britain (see letter from J.  D. Hooker, …
  • J.  D. Hooker 1854 , 2: 133–8. John Grant Malcolmson had died in Dhoolia, India, in 1844 ( Gentleman’s Magazine n.s. 21 (1844): 670). Lord Dalhousie, governor-general of India. The Admiralty manual, Herschel ed. 1849. Alexander James Adie , Scottish instrument maker (see letter

To Adam Sedgwick   11 October [1850]

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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 J. D. Hooker   19 January [1865]

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"Climbing plants" sent off.

Encourages JDH to include notes on gradation of important characters in Genera plantarum or to write a paper on the subject. Has given prominence to gradation of unimportant characters in climbing plants. Believes that it is common for the same part in an individual plant to be in different states. Same may be true of important parts – for example position of ovule may differ.

Two articles in last Natural History Review interested him; "Colonial floras" [n.s. 5 (1865): 46–63]

and "Sexuality of cryptogams" [n.s. 5 (1865): 64–79].

Fact of similarity of orders in tropics is extremely curious. Thinks it may be connected with glacial destruction.

Leo Lesquereux says he is a convert for the curious reason that CD’s books make birth of Christ and redemption by grace so clear to him!

"Not one question [for JDH] in this letter!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 258a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4748

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  • 1849 ; however, the work was never undertaken (see Curle 1954 , p.  26). See letter to J.  D.  Hooker, …

To Friedrich Hildebrand   17 July 1875

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Asks about FH’s research on maize. Suggests experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Hermann Gustav (Friedrich) Hildebrand
Date:  17 July 1875
Classmark:  Klaus Groove (private collection); sold by Venator and Hanstein, Cologne (dealers), 16 March 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10075

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  • … see Gärtner 1849 , Correspondence vol.  9, letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 18 October [1861] , …

To J. D. Hooker   25 November [1861]

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Acropera species may be males of other orchids.

Homologies of ducts in orchids.

Went to British Museum to see Bates’s mimetic butterflies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3329

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  • letters to J.  D.  Hooker, 15 October [1861] and 18 October [1861] . See also letter to Daniel Oliver, 30 November [1861] . See Orchids , pp.  206–10. Link 1849  and Brown 1831 . See letters to J.  D.  Hooker, …

To Charles Lyell   11 February [1857]

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Discusses a proposed expedition to Australia. Urges collecting and investigating productions of isolated islands. Recommends dredging the sea-bottom.

Mentions keeping Helix pomatia alive in sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.145)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2050

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  • … ed. 1849 (see also letter to William Sharpey, 24 January [1857] ). J.  D. Hooker 1853–5 . …

From J. D. Hooker   16 September 1864

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Rejoices that CD is beginning "the book of books", Variation.

Suggests that changes in colour of pollen, stigma, and corolla, as Scott reports in his Primula paper, may be related to changes in the insects required for pollination.

Supports Gärtner translation by Ray Society.

Comments on recent addresses by Lyell [Rep. BAAS 34 (1864): lx–lxxv], Bentham [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. 8 (1864): ix–xxiii], and Murchison [Rep. BAAS 34 (1864): 130–6].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 243–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4614

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To J. D. Hooker   [13 November 1863]

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Sends Haast’s report; JDH may use any and all of the details in the letter.

Asks identity of a reviewer of Lyell’s Antiquity of man [Edinburgh Rev. 118 (1863): 254–302].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [13 Nov 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4341

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  • letter from James Manby Gully , who had treated CD at his Great Malvern hydropathic establishment in 1849, has not been found. William Henslow Hooker was recovering from a bout of scarlet fever; see letter from J.  D.   …

To W. D. Fox   [May 1850]

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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 …
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