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From J. D. Hooker   20 January 1873

Jany 20/73.

Dear Darwin

I hope that the Drosophyllum was all right. Smith sent it on as it was.1 If not I will get you it elsewhere.

I go to Cheshire tomorrow on a visit to a Mr Tollemache near Sir P. Egerton’s, & return on Friday.2

The opinion of Council of R.S. was taken on Thursday & I was told that 18 were for me out of 24.— (5 were for the Duke, & Airy for Spottiswode.)3

This of course private.

Ever yours affec | J D Hooker


See letter to J. D. Hooker, 5 January [1873] and n. 3, and letters from J. D. Hooker, 12 January 1873, and [13 or 20 January 1873]. Hooker refers to John Smith, curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Hooker refers to Philip de Malpas Grey-Egerton and John Tollemache.
Hooker had been elected president of the Royal Society of London (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 7 January 1873 and n. 15). He refers to William Cavendish, seventh duke of Devonshire, George Biddell Airy, and William Spottiswoode.


Hopes Drosophyllum was all right.

Opinion of Council of Royal Society [on Presidency] is twelve for JDH, five for Duke of Devonshire, and G. B. Airy for William Spottiswoode.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 103: 148
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8742,” accessed on 20 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21