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# To J. D. Hooker   25 January [1872]1

Down Beckenham

Jan 25.

My dear Hooker

I am heartily glad to hear about your Willie.—2 I know what a sharp test the matriculation exam: is; for a few years ago I made special enquiries, & came to the conclusion that Horace cd. not have passed it, even with a year’s hard work.—3 As Willie’s intellectual powers have come to maturity rather late in life, I shd. fully expect that they would go on maturing to an equally later period of life than usual.—4 It is really a great thing for him to have got into the first division, with all the disturbance of regular work from his voyage.—5

I never had Zizania; but I still have Leersia, & you can take away $\frac{1}{2}$ my plant, or all if you like, for I cannot make the beast produce perfect flowers—6 We shall truly rejoice to see you here on the 3d. & let us hear the train that we may send to meet you.7

Henrietta is here, but has had a disastrous visit, for she caught a cold or had a relapse into her former state, & has been in bed the whole week.8

What slow coaches the Ministers are about your affairs.—9

Yours affectly.— | C. Darwin

## Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 24 January 1872.
CD refers to Horace Darwin; no correspondence on this subject has been found.
For Hooker’s concern about his son’s development, see, for example, Correspondence vol. 9, letter from J. D. Hooker, [29 December 1861].
William Hooker was sent to New Zealand in 1869 (see Correspondence vol. 17).
See letter from J. D. Hooker, 24 January 1872 and nn. 2 and 3. Perfect: i.e. open.
CD refers to Henrietta Emma Litchfield. Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242) records: ‘Hen came’ and ‘feverish at night’ on 16 January 1872; ‘fell sick’ on 17 January; ‘H. m. better’ on 28 January; ‘came down’ on 29 January; and ‘Hen went’ on 31 January.

## Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

## Summary

Heartily glad about Willy.

Has never had Zizania.

Still has Leersia. He cannot make the beast produce.

What slow coaches the Ministers are about the Ayrton affair.

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8181
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 94: 218–19
Physical description
3pp

## Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8181,” accessed on 27 October 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-8181.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20

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