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To J. D. Hooker   22 July [1844]

Down Bromley Kent

July 22d

My dear Hooker

I enclose a letter from Ehrenberg, of which I wish you joy, if it costs you as much trouble in reading as it did me.1 You will see that he begs for drawings & an account of the (as I suppose) dirty ice.— I told him that I believed, that the deep-sea soundings from your voyage were brought home & deposited at the Admiralty. Was I right? you will see that he is very anxious about them. I shd think Capt. Beaufort, would let you have portions.—

I mean to send a few things more, in a parcel through Mr Francis, as directed. If you like to send anything here (by the “Down Coach, from the Bolt-in-Tun Fleet Stt), I will enclose it & write & forward it to Mr Francis.—

Did you send anything from Kerguelen Land, you will see he is interested about isolated islands.— It is very provoking that his former letter has never come to hand— I will write to Mr Francis about the printed account & if your copy is sent to me, I will immediately transmit it to you.

On account of the directions, will you please sometime return my part of the letter.

I cannot tell you, how we enjoyed our day’s excursion at Kew & pray thank Sir William in our names.— We got home by a little after seven, after a very pleasant drive.

Believe me | very truly yours | C. Darwin

P.S. | I find I have a Pyrus baccata— is it different from a common Siberian Crab.2 & how is it possible to make Crabs into preserve? Do send me a gastronomic answer.—3


They are the same. The Siberian crab apple was then known as both Malus baccata and Pyrus baccata.


Encloses letter from Ehrenberg [762], who wants information on deep-sea soundings from JDH’s voyage, and on isolated islands.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 114: 14
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 764,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3