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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   26 [May 1867]1


Sunday 26

My dear Hooker

I write a line only to thank you for Hodson’s paper, but I have it in print & it is a very good one; therefore I return it to you.2

It was foolish in me to say a word about continental extensions, for I said it so briefly that I think you misunderstand me; we can however fight that battle when we meet.3 Remember the gooseberries4

yours affectly | Ch Darwin


The month and year are established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 24 May 1867.
See letter from J. D. Hooker, 24 May 1867. CD refers to Brian Houghton Hodgson. The only paper by Hodgson now in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection is an annotated and inscribed offprint of Hodgson 1847, ‘On the tame sheep and goats of the sub-Himaláyas and of Tibet’. CD cited this work in Variation 1: 95, 96, 102, and 2: 301; he cited other papers by Hodgson less frequently.


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


It was foolish of him to say a word about continental extensions so briefly that he thinks JDH misunderstood him.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 94: 17
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5552,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15