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From J. D. Hooker   11 April 1876

April 11/76

Dear Darwin

I am much obliged for your note about McLachlan.1

Harriet has too much to do to be able to go with me on Saturday—2 May I bring Brian?,3 which would relieve her, as my House is overflowing my aunt & cousin4 being both here & we shall have G. Henslows little boy, as his mother, poor George’s 2d. wife is dying.5

Ever aff yr | J D Hooker

PS. to FRS We have selected

  • Abney
  • Armstrong
  • Ferrier
  • Fox
  • Garrod
  • R B Clarke
  • Croll
  • Dunkin
  • Erichsen
  • Haywd
  • Meldrum
  • Reed
  • Rutherford
  • Thorpe
  • Swinhoe

All had high absolute majority on first voting!6


Robert McLachlan was a candidate for fellowship of the Royal Society of London; see letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 April [1876] and n. 3.
Harriet Anne Hooker; see letter from J. D. Hooker, 8 April 1876 and n. 4.
Brian Harvey Hodgson Hooker.
Ophelia Turner and Effie Elizabeth Turner.
George Henslow’s second wife Georgina Brook Henslow died in 1876. The ‘little boy’ was probably George Stevens Henslow (the son of Henslow and his first wife). No child of his second wife has been identified.
The following were elected fellows of the Royal Society of London on 1 June 1876: William de Wiveleslie Abney, Henry Edward Armstrong, David Ferrier, Augustus Henry Lane Fox, Alfred Henry Garrod, William Branwhite Clarke, James Croll, Edwin Dunkin, John Eric Erichsen, Robert Baldwin Hayward, Charles Meldrum, Edward James Reed, William Rutherford, Thomas Edward Thorpe, and Robert Swinhoe.


Lists the 14 men elected to be F.R.S. Garrod defeated McLachlan.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 104: 55
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10446,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24