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To J. D. Hooker   [1 September 1864]

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CD continues to have trouble reconciling the Veitch’s names for Bignonia plants and Kew names.

Lyell and Falconer called on CD in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 Sept 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 248
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4605

To J. D. Hooker   13 September [1864]

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Pleased that Bentham is cautious about Naudin’s view of reversion. CD can show experimentally that crossing of races and species tends to bring back ancient characters.

Suggests Gärtner’s Bastarderzeugung [1849] be translated

and that Oliver review Scott’s Primula paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 78–126] for a future issue of Natural History Review.

Is working on Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 249a–b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4612

To J. D. Hooker   23 September [1864]

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Pleased with news of BAAS meeting

and Scott’s possible position as Thomas Anderson’s curator.

Suggests Wallace is due for a Royal Medal.

Agrees with JDH’s criticism of Lyell’s address [see 4614].

Bentham’s Linnean Society address treats continuity of life in a vague non-natural sense.

Rereading his old MS [Natural selection] CD is impressed with work he had already done.

Writing Variation much harder than Climbing plants.

Encloses request to JDH to propose, or suggest on his behalf, that the Ray Society publish a translation of C. F. von Gärtner’s Versuche und Beobachtungen über die Bastarderzeugung im Pflanzenreich (1849).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 14; DAR 115: 250a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4621

To J. D. Hooker   8 October [1864]

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Huxley has answered Kölliker in Natural History Review [(1864): 566–80].

CD is correcting two of Scott’s papers; is convinced primrose and cowslip are two good species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Oct [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4630

To J. D. Hooker   22 October [1864]

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To Lyell’s chagrin, CD has come round again to A. C. Ramsay’s glacial theory.

On primrose and cowslip, CD maintains they are good species, notwithstanding Scott’s work.

CD defines species by power of remaining constant for a good long time and showing appreciable amount of difference from close species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 Oct [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4642

To J. D. Hooker   3 November [1864]

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Asks JDH to verify an observation on Dicentra – what CD thought was a branch in the young plant now looks like a gigantic leaf in the old.

Concurs on Spencer’s clever emptiness.

Ramsay exaggerates role of ice. Sorry to hear that Tyndall grows dogmatic.

Admits difficulty of making case for Wallace’s Royal Medal at this time.

Will soon finish the first draft of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4650

To J. D. Hooker   26 November [1864]

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CD’s Lythrum paper has given him as much satisfaction as working out complemental males in cirripedes.

Response to award of Copley Medal.

Letters from Germany and France support natural selection.

Now that climbing plants are done, CD asks for Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 254a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4682

To J. D. Hooker   4 December [1864]

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CD pleased with Huxley for defending him against Sabine. Also pleased with much of Sabine’s address. Is sure JDH wrote the botanical part.

Suggests James Hector observe which insects visit endemic New Zealand plants

and JDH examine distribution of white vs coloured corollas in New Zealand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 255a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4697

To J. D. Hooker   10 December [1864]

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Has found incipient stages of adhesive discs in Hanburia tendrils.

Huxley was probably right to have challenged Sabine, but the poor old man is sick.

CD remembers the old Disraeli novel [Tancred (1847)] that sneers at transmutation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 256
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4712

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   [10 and 12 January 1864]

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CD very ill.

Suspects F. Boott’s widow is illegitimate granddaughter of Erasmus Darwin.

CD, like JDH, has speculated that agrarian weeds have become adapted to cultivated ground. Suggests comparison with country of origin.

Wallace’s praise of Herbert Spencer’s Social statics baffles CD.

[Letter completed by E. A. Darwin.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 and 12 Jan 1864
Classmark:  DAR 115: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4389

To J. D. Hooker   [25 January 1864]

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CD’s illness.

The difficulty of getting John Scott to publish his work. Has sent Scott’s paper [on Primulaceae] to Linnean Society. CD is sure it is valuable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [25 Jan 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 217
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4397

To J. D. Hooker   [27 January 1864]

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CD continues very ill.

His only work is a little on tendrils and climbers. Asks whether all tendrils are modified leaves or whether some are modified stems.

Last number [Jan 1864?] of Natural History Review is best that has appeared.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [27 Jan 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4398

To J. D. Hooker   [8 February 1864]

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Compares Clematis and Tropaeolum with respect to touch response. Tropaeolum shows a momentary response and quick recovery. Clematis takes hours to respond, and shows no recovery.

CD can show the gradations between leaves and tendrils, but how a branch passes into a tendril utterly puzzles him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [8 Feb 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4403

To J. D. Hooker   [20–]22 February [1864]

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Does not know Scott’s qualifications to be curator at Kew.

Frankland’s theory of glaciers is absurd.

Has JDH heard claim that plants in Northern and Southern Hemispheres turn in opposite directions?

Are there plant families with no twining and climbing plants?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [20–]22 Feb [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 221a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4412

To J. D. Hooker   24 [February 1864]

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Asks for a Smilax to study movement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 [Feb 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4414

To J. D. Hooker   26[–7] March [1864]

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John Scott has left Edinburgh Botanic Garden.

Asks JDH to ask Tyndall whether Frankland exaggerates the effect of snowfall on advance of European glaciers.

Huxley and Falconer squabble too much in public.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26[–7] Mar [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 225
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4436

To J. D. Hooker   [1 April 1864]

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Proposes to support John Scott in research on relative fertility and self-incompatibility of plants. CD would pay him for a year or two but wants JDH to give him research facilities at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 226a–b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4444

To J. D. Hooker   5 April [1864]

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Sees difficulty of placing Scott at Kew. Suspects Balfour is prejudiced because Scott is a Darwinian.

CD’s former letter on Clematis [4403] blundered; work now being revised.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 227a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4450

To J. D. Hooker   7 April [1864]

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CD apologises for having asked JDH to help him with Scott and now seeks advice on how to break the news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4455

To J. D. Hooker   13 April [1864]

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CD has told Scott not to hope for help from JDH.

Health improving.

Hopes to write Lythrum paper soon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4461
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