# To J. D. Hooker   [29 November 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent

Saturday

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 & $\frac{1}{2}$ 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

## Footnotes

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

## Summary

Delighted that JDH will come to visit him.

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-931
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 49
Physical description
4pp