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To J. D. Hooker   10 [October 1853]

Down Bromley Kent

Monday 10th

My dear Hooker

I sent your M.S.1 & the books you lent me (with a letter2) off this morning at 8 A.M. per Coach with strict injunctions to book it immediately (carr. paid) per Deliv. Coy. & I trust you will thus receive it before this note.

Very many thanks for the loan of the Books.—

Tell Mrs. Hooker, that I am becoming quite an abandoned novel-reader & have just begun Ruth3 which is quite charming.

Most truly yours | C. Darwin


Hooker’s manuscript of the introductory essay to J. D. Hooker 1853–5.
Ruth (1853), a novel in three volumes, by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.


Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1853–5. Flora Novæ-Zelandiæ. 2 vols. Pt 2 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: Lovell Reeve.


Returning JDH’s MS and books.

Reading Mrs Gaskell’s Ruth [1853].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (1984)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1535,” accessed on 27 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5