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From J. D. Hooker   14 May 1872

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More on Ayrton affair. Conduct of Gladstone and the Ministry despicable. They have owned him to be in right but will not raise a finger until exposure in Parliament is imminent.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 112–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8327

From J. D. Hooker   15 June 1872

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Expects the memorial to make Gladstone frantic. Government regrets granting Lord Derby the correspondence and Lubbock has been advised to postpone calling for it in Lower House. This looks fishy. Is exhausted by the affair.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 June 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 114–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8386

From J. D. Hooker   [23] March 1845

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JDH recommends Augustin de Saint-Hilaire’s Leçons de botanique [1841]. Relates opinions of European botanists on migration and plant distribution.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23] Mar 1845
Classmark:  DAR 100: 41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-844

From J. D. Hooker   29 August 1872

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Encloses letter and cheque [from John Scott].

Again in thick of Ayrton matter. Tyndall and Huxley have shown themselves equal to the occasion in grasp of subject, tenacity of purpose, independence, and good-will.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 118–19; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence 156 f. 1075)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8492

From J. D. Hooker   [2–6 April 1845]

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A Tasmanian Cyttaria is same species as CD’s Fuegian fungus. Did the species originate on the beeches of Fuegia or of Tasmania?

JDH gives interpretation of Vestiges.

John McCulloch, J. F. Schouw, and Lamarck on the species question.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2–6 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 219–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-850

From J. D. Hooker   2 September 1872

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Kew’s Drosera capensis is at CD’s service.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8505

From J. D. Hooker   7 October 1872

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Miscellaneous personal matters.

What does CD think of Robert Mallet’s earthquake theory? Would it not account for strata dipping at base of range of mountains?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 121–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8547

From J. D. Hooker   26 October 1872

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Has initiated inquiries about Dionaea.

Sends George King’s address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 126–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8578

From J. D. Hooker   29 October 1872

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Sends Mrs Barber’s address.

Gratified that CD hates Owen. Hopes Owen will not answer Nature letter and draw JDH into controversy. Owen’s letter was not intended for Ayrton to use. Its appearance must have horrified him.

State of Huxley’s health makes JDH uneasy.

Willy is in a stockbroker’s office in London and likes it.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 128–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8584

From J. D. Hooker   8 November 1872

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Has been asked to take shares in the Artizans’ Dwellings Co., in which CD is a shareholder. If it is really a project for public good, he would be glad to be associated.

Owen has answered his letter in Nature [7 (1872): 5–7].

A letter from Tyndall [from America] was read at the X Club.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 130–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8609

From J. D. Hooker   8 November 1872

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Writes, as a P.S. to his previous letter, stating his friends have advised him not to answer Owen’s attack.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 133–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8610

From J. D. Hooker   [28 April 1845]

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First part of "Galapagos flora" ["Plants of the Galapagos Archipelago", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 20 (1851): 163–233] finished but not printed.

Details of distribution of Galapagos flora. Peculiarity of island floras.

Leaves for Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-862

From J. D. Hooker   28 November 1872

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Is reading W. R. Greg’s Enigmas of life [1872]: "One of the most eloquent books I ever read".

Owen’s communications are doing incalculable mischief to science in the eyes of Government officials. "This ignorant, careless, unobservant government."

The Nature editors, J. N. Lockyer and Bennett, blame each other for printing Owen’s letter.

Huxley looks wretched.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 103: 135–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8651

From J. D. Hooker   7 January 1873

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Fascinated by Greg’s Enigmas, though its matter is weak.

Is vexed at being drawn into hostility toward British Museum through William Carruthers’ insolence and presumption.

Recounts visit with Edward Cardwell [Secretary for War].

Has sent Candolle’s book to Gladstone.

JDH indignant at Gladstone’s speech putting English science below French and German.

Thinks it is an accepted dogma that glandular hairs are excreting only. Will ask others to confirm.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 140–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8727

From J. D. Hooker   12 January 1873

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Drosophyllum is coming from Dublin. Will ship it to Down when it arrives.

The awful honour of Presidency of Royal Society; his aversion to dignities and honours.

R. Strachey [Proc. R. Geogr. Soc. (1873): 450] has paid him and CD a compliment.

Letter from Gladstone.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 146–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8732

From J. D. Hooker   [13 or 20 January 1873]

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The Drosophyllum goes to Orpington by train this evening.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [13 or 20] Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 138–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8734

From J. D. Hooker   20 January 1873

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Hopes Drosophyllum was all right.

Opinion of Council of Royal Society [on Presidency] is twelve for JDH, five for Duke of Devonshire, and G. B. Airy for William Spottiswoode.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8742

From J. D. Hooker   20 February 1873

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Delighted with John Traherne Moggridge’s book [Harvesting ants (1873)].

Has suggested he plant seeds in various receptacles. Only two explanations for failure of seeds to germinate [in ants’ nests]: lack of circulating air or formic acid.

Has undertaken a botany primer for Macmillan.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 149–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8777

From J. D. Hooker   [after 12 July 1845]

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Answers CD’s questions relating to the flora of the Galapagos. [See 889.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 12 July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 43–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-883

From J. D. Hooker   [mid-July 1845]

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The translation of Humboldt’s Kosmos [Cosmos (1846–58)] is delayed.

Gives instances of peculiar genera with several good species in very small islands. Scarcity of insects on islands.

JDH cannot prove that there is much hybridising, but does not see why there should not be. "Bother variation, development & all such subjects, it is reasoning in a circle I believe after all."

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [mid-July 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 49–50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-884
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