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To J. D. Hooker   24 November [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 24th.

My dear Hooker

I return Lady Lyell’s very nice note as you might wish to have it back.2

The title of A. Kerner’s book is “Die Abhangigkeit der Pflanzen von Klima & Boden: 1869 Innsbruck.— If you like I could lend it you, & finish reading it when returned to me.3 He does not give the one parent form of the genus, but selects two intermediate forms as probably the earliest. The distribution of the sub-species near the margins of the larger areas inhabited by some of the other species is very curious; as is his explanation of this fact.4

Please tell Bentham that I will write to him in a few days. Many thanks for your last note—5

yours affectly | Ch. Darwin

I may do it inside as I like the looks—

To Dr. Hooker C.B.6 F.R S. | &c &c &c


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 21 November 1869.
Hooker had enclosed a letter from Mary Elizabeth Lyell with his letter of 21 November 1869. The letter has not been found.
For CD’s earlier comments on Kerner von Marilaun 1869, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 November [1869]. A. Kerner: Anton Kerner von Marilaun.
For Hooker’s comment on Kerner von Marilaun’s plant genealogy, see his letter of 21 November 1869.
See letter from George Bentham, 23 November 1869. Hooker’s most recent extant letter is that of 21 November 1869.
CD may be referring to writing ‘C.B.’ inside a letter, rather than on the envelope; in his letter of 21 November 1869, Hooker had written: ‘Pray do not C.B. your letters to me—’. For more on Hooker’s newly acquired CB, see the letter from J. D. Hooker, 14 November 1869.


Sends title of Kerner’s book [see 6997] and comments that AK does not give the one parent form of the genus.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 94: 162–3
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7006,” accessed on 20 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17