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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   [1 March 1847]1



My dear Hooker

I am so unwell I cannot start from here tomorrow; but if you are still in London, I will come to you to Breakfast on Thursday Morning; I propose this because if I do not appear by 9 oclock you will understand I am unwell & this may save you a walk in vain.2

Ever yours | C. Darwin


Dated from the reference to CD’s return from Shrewsbury, see n. 2, below.
It is not clear whether Hooker and CD met on Thursday, 4 March, although CD certainly passed through London on his return from Shrewsbury (see letter to Charles Lyell, [7 March 1847]). The letter from J. D. Hooker, [1 March 1847], indicates that Hooker returned to Kew on the Tuesday before CD’s visit to London, and the letter to J. D. Hooker, [14 March 1847], suggests they did not meet, since CD was still eager to visit Hooker to discuss some points relating to his species theory.


Illness has delayed his departure. Will try to call on JDH on Thursday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 81
Physical description
3pp & C

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1068,” accessed on 2 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4