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To Daniel Oliver   [before 27 November 1863]1


Dear Oliver—

I think Wymans very short notice in Proc. American Acad. of Arts & Sciences. Vol. III (1852–1857) p. 167, worth your looking at.—2 I am proud for once to give you a reference.3

I am bad so no more.—

I am so sorry to hear about Hooker’s boy with scarlatina.—4

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Daniel Oliver, 27 November 1863.
CD refers to Jeffries Wyman and Wyman’s abstract on contractility in the capsules of two plants (Wyman 1854). Oliver copied Wyman 1854 on the back of this note from CD; CD’s interest was related to the paper Oliver read before the Linnean Society on 19 November 1863 (Oliver 1863e). The paper was published in the society’s transactions; CD is acknowledged for providing the reference to Wyman 1854 (Oliver 1863e, p. 419).
Oliver, an assistant and librarian in the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, often sent CD botanical information and references to articles (see, for example, letters from Daniel Oliver, 22 January 1863 and 17 February 1863).
Joseph Dalton Hooker’s son William Henslow Hooker had been suffering from scarlet fever (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 23 October 1863, and the following letter).


Wyman, Jeffries. 1854. [Cause of contractility in some vegetable tissues.] [Read 8 November 1854.] Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 3 (1852–7): 167–8.


Recommends Wyman’s short notice ["Report on Dr Jeffries Wyman’s experiment on the cause of contractility in vegetable tissues"] in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 3 (1852–7): 167.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Daniel Oliver
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Source of text
DAR 261.10: 53 (EH 88206036)
Physical description
ALS 1p † encl

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4327,” accessed on 18 August 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11