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To J. D. Hooker   [6 November 1847]



My dear Hooker

I have just received your note with sincere grief: there is no help for it. I shall always look at your intention of coming here, under such circumstances, as the greatest proof of friendship I ever received from mortal man.— My conscience would have upbraided me in not having come to you on Thursday, but as it turned out I could not, for I was quite unable to leave Shrewsbury before that day, & I reached home only last night much knocked up.— Without I hear tomorrow (which is hardly possible) & if I am feeling pretty well, I will drive over to Kew on Monday Morning, just to say farewell: I will stay only an hour. But I beg you not to stay at home on any account, I shall arrive pretty early, leaving my Phaeton at Dulwich & taking a fly: but it must depend on my stomach & that has been lately very bad.—

Even if you do not sail till the 15th, you must not come over here: it is not fair for your relations or for yourself with all your business.—

I will write a letter on science which you can read on board.

I thank Miss Henslow most sincerely for her kind wish to see me.

Yours affectionately | C. Darwin

I congratulate you heartily on the completion of your great Flora Antarctica.1

I will come about 12 oclock on Monday, if able to come.—


The last number of Hooker’s Flora Antarctica (J. D. Hooker 1844–7) had been published on 2 October 1847 (Wiltshear 1913, p. 357).


Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1844–7. Flora Antarctica. 1 vol. and 1 vol. of plates. Pt 1 of The botany of the Antarctic voyage of HM discovery ships Erebus and Terror in the years 1839–1843, under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross. London: Reeve Brothers.

Wiltshear, F. G. 1913. The botany of the Antarctic voyage. Journal of Botany: British and Foreign 51: 355–8. [Vols. 6,7,8]


Now plans to come to Kew for an hour’s farewell if his stomach permits.

Congratulations on JDH’s Flora Antarctica [1847].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 114: 109
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1133,” accessed on 4 December 2021,

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