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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   31 May 1877

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

May 31. 1877

My dear Hooker,

I am very much obliged for the two packets of seeds & shall be glad if you can get me the others.1 But after doing this I earnestly beg you to take no other trouble whatever, as I well know how much overworked you are. If you will speak to Dyer or Mr Smith about lending me such plants as I may require I will communicate with them early in July.2

Many thanks for the list of plants with bloom, & I again repeat take no more trouble. You have omitted to complete yr final sentence beginning “Answer required when I have—’3

Yours affectionately | Charles Darwin


Hooker had sent seeds with his letter of 31 May 1877.
William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and John Smith; for CD’s request, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 25 May [1877].
For Hooker’s list of plants with bloom (an epicuticular waxy coating on leaves and fruit), see the letter from J. D. Hooker, 31 May 1877. The end of Hooker’s letter is written across the left-hand margin of the first sheet and is: ‘answer required where I have placed ✓.’


CD thanks JDH for assistance with "bloom" study.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 95: 442
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10978,” accessed on 2 December 2021,