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From J. D. Hooker   16 June 1877

Royal Gardens Kew

June 16 / 77.

Dear Darwin

When I wrote to you in re Emperor, I stupidly forgot that you were from home— pray keep away!—

I think that the old gentleman’s brains are addled. For the last 3 years or more he has been gadding about, stuffing his long-suffering calvarium with facts new & old of all sorts of sorts; & he is I think used up.1 I thought him much changed—washed out in short, & I feel sure that you would not have the same interest in seeing him that all had 3 years ago, when he was eager, fresh & full of intelligent enquiry

Ever affly yrs | J D Hooker


See letter to J. D. Hooker, 16 June [1877] and n. 3. The emperor of Brazil, Pedro II, had asked Hooker to arrange a visit with CD at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, or Down. On Pedro II’s travels to the United States, Europe, and the Middle East in 1876 and 1877, see Barman 1999, pp. 275–86.


Barman, Roderick J. 1999. Citizen emperor: Pedro II and the making of Brazil, 1825–1891. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.


JDH finds the Emperor, once an energetic man, all used up.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 104: 88–9
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11003,” accessed on 23 September 2021,