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To J. D. Hooker   19 June [1875]1 

Abinger Hall | Wotton, Surrey | (Gomshall Station for Rail)

June 19th

My dear Hooker

I heard from Henrietta that she saw you at the Coll: of Surgeons & that you seemed pretty well.—2  Farrer has most kindly lent us this house for a month & I write now to know whether there is any chance that you would come here (& please bring Harriet, if she is inclined to come.)3 on Saturday 26th for the Sunday. You know how we shd. rejoice to see you both if you can come.

I was very much worn out by correcting “Insectivorous plants”, & so came here for rest.—

I have now done with the book, & I suppose copies will be bound in a week or two, & of course you will receive one.—4

I am so sick of the accursed subject, that I daresay if I look at my book in half-a-year’s time I shall read it with speechless admiration!

Yours ever affectionately | Ch. Darwin

I daresay you have heard that poor Effie (Mrs. Farrer)5 is much out of health & has gone to German Baths.

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 June 1875.
In a letter to Emma Darwin of [5 June 1875] (DAR 245: 54), Henrietta Emma Litchfield mentioned that she planned to attend a party at the Royal College of Surgeons the following week.
CD stayed at Abinger Hall, the home of Thomas Henry Farrer, from 3 June to 6 July 1875 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). Harriet Anne Hooker was Hooker’s daughter.
Hooker’s name is on CD’s presentation list for Insectivorous plants, which was published on 2 July 1875 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II) and Appendix IV).
Katherine Euphemia Farrer.

Bibliography

Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Summary

Has come to Abinger Hall for a rest after Insectivorous plants, soon to appear. Is sick of the accursed subject.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10024
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Abinger Hall
Source of text
DAR 95: 386–7
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10024,” accessed on 3 August 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10024.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23

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