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From J. D. Hooker   31 July 1878

Royal Gardens Kew

July 31/78

Dear Darwin

The Trifolium is T. striatum— the Amphicarpea A. monoica, the common U. States one—1

Dyer took the other queries to answer, &, he tells me has answered them—2 the above should have gone with them.

My wife left to day for Pendock, & I follow this day week & after a few days visit in N. Wales we go on to Dublin.3 Huxley tells me he will give no address to his section & I applaud his resolution—4 I think that even he soon will find that the power of giving addresses is exhaustible & that he will be reduced to a state of nudity— the address becoming no dress.

I am at my wit’s end for a subject for the Anniveray of Royal.5

Ever affy Yrs | J D Hooker


Trifolium striatum is knotted clover; Amphicarpea monoica is a synonym of A. bracteata (American hog peanut).
CD may have given Hooker a list of queries during Hooker’s visit to Down from 20 to 22 July 1878 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)). The letter from William Turner Thiselton-Dyer has not been found, but see the letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 2 August [1878].
Hyacinth Hooker was visiting her father, William Samuel Symonds, who was the rector of Pendock, Worcestershire, before she and Hooker travelled to the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting held in Dublin from 14 to 21 August 1878.
Thomas Henry Huxley was chairman of the department of anthropology in section D (Biology) at the British Association meeting in Dublin; in the event, he did give an address on 16 August 1878, though he began it by stating that he had not intended to do so (Report of the 48th Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science; held at Dublin (1878), Transactions of the sections, pp. 573–8).
Hooker, as president, had to give an address at the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society of London on 30 November 1878 (Hooker 1878b).


Burdened with Anniversary Address to the Royal Society.

Quips that even Huxley is running out of speeches.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 104: 114
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11636,” accessed on 26 June 2022,