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To J. D. Hooker   [29 November 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Hooker

We are delighted that you will come.— I write now to tell you that the Croydon Railway per Sydenham is much the best way here. I believe coaches go only in the morning & late in evening to Bromley & then you have 6 & 12 miles here in a Fly.— If Waterhouse does not come, my phaeton will hold three perfectly well with one on the Box.— Coming this way you will have the morning till 2o. 20’ in London for business.— If Waterhouse comes, I intend sending a Fly as well as my phaeton; now do you oblige me & come in & say not a word about payment, because Waterhouse (between ourselves) is very poor & it wd vex me exceedingly if he (or indeed anyone) had to pay hard cash for coming here, when I derive so infinitely more pleasure than any one else can have from coming here.

Now be you goodnatured & help me.—

In some respects, I shd. have enjoyed a visit from you yourself better than with others, but for several reasons (besides being heartily glad to see them) I was obliged to ask Falconer, & I had long wished to ask Forbes, but I doubted whether he wd. like to come.

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The Saturday before Hooker was expected at Down, see letter to J. D. Hooker, [25 November 1845].


Delighted that JDH will come to visit him.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 49
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 931,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

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