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To J. D. Hooker   [18 April 1847]

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Thanks for H. C. Watson’s interesting letter. Disagrees with him on intermediate varieties.

CD has read latest numbers of JDH’s The botany of the Antarctic voyage [pt I, Flora Antarctica (1844–7)]; notes several sentences against "us Transmutationists".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 Apr 1847]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1082

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  • letter to J.  D. Hooker, 12  October 1849 , in which CD recalled ‘that Heavenly day at Dropmore’. Watson believed that Edward Forbes had appropriated his scheme of subdividing the British flora into five ‘elements’ based on the countries from which the plants originally came. He published several bitter attacks on Forbes during 1846 ( Correspondence vol.  3, letter from J.  D. …

To J. D. Hooker   7 January [1865]

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Has finished long paper on "Climbing plants". Prefers sending it to Linnean Society if Bentham does not think it too long.

For New Zealand flora [1864–7] CD suggests JDH count plants with irregular corollas and compare with England.

Does not quite agree about Reader.

Is Tyndall author of piece on spiritualism?

CD’s illness diagnosed as "suppressed gout".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 257a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4742

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  • 1849 ). CD refers to the letter from George Henry Kendrick Thwaites , enclosed with the letter from J.  D.  Hooker, 1 January 1865 . Thwaites had speculated on the origins of the skin colour of native peoples in Ceylon, which seemed to him to resemble the colour of the soil. See letter from J.  D.   …

From J. D. Hooker   4 February 1867

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Has declined Presidency of BAAS.

Relation of insular and continental genera will always be difficult problem.

On Providence and the "continuity theory".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1867
Classmark:  DAR 102: 138–142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5390

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  • 1849] , and Correspondence vol.  5, letter to T.  H.  Huxley, 23 April [1853] ; see also Correspondence vol.  4, Appendix II. See Bentham and Hooker 1862 –83, 1: 930, for Bentham’s description of Thapsia. Hooker mentioned Monizia edulis (a synonym of Daucus edulis ) and Melanoselinum when noting how odd it would be if some of the plants on Madeira were found on a British island or mountain (see J.  D.   …

To W. D. Fox   [6 October 1859]

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First impressions of the water-cure establishment are not favourable – "I always hate everything new".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Darwin Fox
Date:  [6 Oct 1859]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (MS 53 Fox 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2502

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  • letters to Susan Darwin, [19 March 1849] , and to W.  D. Fox, 4 September [1850]). See Metcalfe 1906  and Rees 1989 . Emma Darwin and the children joined CD at Ilkley on 17 October and stayed until 24 November 1859 ( Emma Darwin’s diary). See letter to J.  D. Hooker, …

To J. D. Hooker   15 November [1854]

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Calculating small number of species in aberrant genera of insects and plants.

Joachim Barrande’s "Colonies", Élie de Beaumont’s "lines of Elevation", Forbes’s "Polarity" make CD despair, as these theories lead to conclusions opposite to CD’s from the same classes of facts.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 Nov [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1601

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  • 1849 . See letter from G.  R. Waterhouse, 11 November 1854 , n.  1. Waterhouse 1845 , p.  19 n. There is an annotated copy in the Darwin Library–CUL. See Correspondence vol.  3, letter to J.  D. Hooker, …

From W. E. Darwin   21 August [1863]

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Has signed and forwarded some orders.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 162: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4271

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  • letter to J.  D.  Hooker, 25 [August 1863] ). The letter from Emma Darwin to W.  E.  Darwin has not been found. The reference is to Mulder 1849 . …

To Asa Gray   29 November [1857]

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Thanks AG for his criticisms of CD’s views; finds it difficult to avoid using the term "natural selection" as an agent.

Discusses crossing in Fumaria and barnacles.

Has received a naturally crossed kidney bean in which the seed-coat has been affected by the pollen of the fertilising plant.

Finds the rule of large genera having most varieties holds good and regards it as most important for his "principle of divergence".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  29 Nov [1857]
Classmark:  Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2176

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  • letter to Louis Agassiz, 22 October 1848 . See letter from Richard Bishop to Charles Spence Bate, 3 December 1857 . See Correspondence vol.  4, letters to H.  E. Strickland, 29 January [1849] , [4 February 1849] , and 10 February [1849] . See also Correspondence vol.  5, letter to J.  D. Hooker, …

To Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener   [before 3 February 1863]

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Answers D. Beaton’s criticism of Gärtner’s work, defending his results in crossing experiments and vindicating the memory of "one of the most laborious lovers of truth who ever lived".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Journal of Horticulture
Date:  [before 3 Feb 1863]
Classmark:  Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener n.s. 4 (1863): 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3966

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  • letter from Charles Darwin to the Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener , [before 27 January 1863]’, nn.  3 and 7). There is a heavily annotated copy of Gärtner 1849  in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 256–98). CD had earlier referred to Beaton’s repeated criticisms of Gärtner in the Journal of Horticulture , telling Joseph Dalton Hooker : ‘He has made me indignant by the way he speaks of Gärtner, evidently knowing nothing of his work’ (see Correspondence vol.  9, letter to J.  D.   …

To Asa Gray   11 May [1863]

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CD despairs when men like AG and Lyell consider themselves incapable of judging on change of species by descent.

Is confused over phyllotaxy.

Has been looking at Plantago lanceolata.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  11 May [1863]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (59)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4153

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  • letter from Asa Gray, 26 May 1863 . Joseph Dalton Hooker could not recall having made this statement (see letter from J.  D.  Hooker, [13 May 1863] ); however, Gray had read a paper on phyllotaxy at the second meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ( A.  Gray 1849 ). …

From J. D. Hooker   25 August 1854

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JDH and F. W. Binney identify Calamites specimens as pith casts. They are cryptogams related to, but higher than, Lycopodiaceae and contradict progression.

Insects found in coal.

Lyell says Stonesfield slate marsupials are actually placentals.

JDH reading Alexander Braun on individuality ["Das Individuum der Pflanze in seinem Verhältniss zur Species", Abh. K. Akad. Wiss. Berlin (Phys. Kl.) (1853): 19–122].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Aug 1854
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 384
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1581

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  • 1849 . Edward William Binney , who resided in Manchester, was an expert on the fossil plants of the coal seams of the Midlands. See Correspondence vol.  4, letter to J.  D. Hooker, [ …

From J. D. Hooker   [15 and] 20 November [1862]

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Sends CD West Ireland soundings.

More detail on his review "a la Lindley" [see 3797].

Bates’s paper ["Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon valley", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 495–566] is capital.

Andrew Murray’s article plays into CD’s hands through sheer ignorance.

JDH is on Royal Society Council.

Has no recollection of applying natural selection to Polynesians. None but a German would dig out such a passage if it exists [see 3812].

Has caused Tyndall to modify his pseudo-geology.

Has not seen Duke of Argyll’s review [Edinburgh Rev. 116 (1862): 378–97]. [The Duke] did not understand Orchids the least little bit, nor the Origin, when JDH saw him.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 and 20 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 71–2, 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3807

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  • letters seeking to avert the disruption (see Buchanan 1849  and Cameron et al. , eds.  1993). Hooker apparently refers to a polemical essay on the ecclesiastical history of Scotland written by the eighth duke ( G.  D.  Campbell 1848 ), and may be implying that it was not entirely of Argyll’s own authorship. The attribution of [G.  D.  Campbell] 1862  is confirmed by the Wellesley index 1: 511–12. See letter to J.  D.   …

From J. D. Hooker   1 January 1865

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Forwards H. T. Stainton letter for reply.

Finds many Cucurbita have tendrils with sticking ends.

The "potentiality of so many organs in plants to play so many parts is one of the most wonderful of your discoveries . . . one day it will itself play a prodigious part in the interpretation of both morphological and physiological facts".

Is disgusted with Sabine’s address [see 4708] because of its mutilation of what JDH wrote.

THH’s slashing leader in Reader ["Science and ""Church policy"" ", 4 (1864): 821] – as usual he destroys all in his path.

Encloses letter from G. H. K. Thwaites with a message for CD [see encl].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 1–3; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Directors’ Correspondence 162: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4734

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  • 1849  for translation in his letter to the Ray Society , [before 4 November 1864] ( Correspondence vol.  12; see also letter to J.  D.  Hooker, [ c. 23 September 1864]). Hooker also supported the proposed translation; however, it was not undertaken (see Correspondence vol.  12, letters from J.   …
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