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From J. D. Hooker   [20 January 1865]1

Royal Gardens Kew

Dear Darwin

Not tomorrow, but tomorrow week if I can I shall be delighted to go to Down even though the Gooseberries will not be ripe!2 I have been worked to death by the Genera Plantarum.3

Ever yrs affec | J D Hooker



The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 January [1865]; see also letter from Frances Harriet Hooker, [27 January 1865]. In 1865, 20 January was a Friday.
CD had invited Hooker to spend Sunday at Down House (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 January [1865] and n. 4). Visiting during the gooseberry season had evidently become a joke between Hooker and the Darwin family (see, for example, letter from J. D. Hooker, [after 17 June 1865] and n. 6).
Hooker was collaborating with George Bentham on a multi-volume work describing all the known vascular plant genera (Bentham and Hooker 1862–83). The first two parts had been published in 1862.


Cannot come until week from Saturday.

Worked to death by Genera plantarum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 102: 6
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4749,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13