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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. D. Hooker   25 June 1877

Royal Gardens Kew

June 25/77.

Dear Darwin

This insatiable Emperor has been again worrying me about you—& makes me promise to write to you & say that he hopes you will tell him if you should be coming to London or to Down this week as he would make a point of visiting you at either place.1 The best plan would be to write to the Viscomte Bom Retiro Claridge’s Hotel—2

The wedding went off extremely well yesterday, the weather was fine & we gave the wedding breakfast in a Tent—3

Ever affy yrs | J D Hooker


The emperor of Brazil, Pedro II, had asked Hooker to arrange a visit with CD (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 16 June [1877]); however, CD was at William Erasmus Darwin’s house in Bassett, Southampton, from 13 June to 4 July (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
Luis Pedreira do Couto Ferraz, visconde de Bom Retiro. Claridge’s hotel is on Brook Street, Mayfair, London.
Hooker’s daughter, Harriet Anne Hooker, married William Turner Thiselton-Dyer on 23 June 1877 (L. Huxley ed. 1918, 2: 206).


Emperor of Brazil continues to press JDH for a meeting with CD.

JDH’s daughter, Harriet, marries W. T. Thiselton-Dyer.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 104: 92
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11015,” accessed on 16 October 2021,