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To J. D. Hooker   21 January [1871]

Summary

Finished the last proofs of Descent a few days ago. "I shall be well abused."

St George Mivart’s Genesis [of species]: very good, unfortunately theological. Will tell heavily against natural selection but not against evolution, and this is "infinitely more important".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 186–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7448

To J. D. Hooker   1 February [1871]

Summary

Returns pamphlets.

B. T. Lowne’s observation [Mon. Microsc. J. 4 (1870): 326–30] that boiling does not kill certain moulds is curious, but then how account for absence of all living things in Pasteur’s experiment?

Always delighted to see a word in favour of Pangenesis.

Thiselton-Dyer’s paper ["On spontaneous generation and evolution", Q. J. Microsc. Sci. 10 (1870): 333–54] is Spencerian.

The chemical conditions for first production of life are said to exist at present, but in some warm little pond today such matter would be absorbed or devoured, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 188–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7471

To J. D. Hooker   21 March [1871]

Summary

Asks name of an Abutilon from Fritz Müller.

Questions about Drosophyllum for experiments;

the meaning of "Sirdar".

Wonderful success of Descent. Astonished by liberality of public. No abuse yet.

Marvels at JDH’s plans for a trip to Morocco. Asks him to look for alpine insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 190–192
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7607

To J. D. Hooker   28 March [1871]

Summary

Sends Hibiscus

and enclosure [Queries about expression?] on chance of "any point being observed" in Morocco.

Murray informs him edition of Descent will probably be 6500 copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 193–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7630

To J. D. Hooker   29 [June 1871]

Summary

Delighted to hear from Lyell of JDH’s return from successful ascent of the Atlas Mts.

Fears JDH found no Madeira or Canary types, but CD is pleased at his moraine discovery.

Thinks Lyell’s health is serious.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [June 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 195–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7838

To J. D. Hooker   5 July [1871]

Summary

Lady Lyell’s anxiety over Lyell’s health.

Preparing new edition of Origin.

Asks whether anything was observed [in Morocco] on expressions.

Did JDH notice whether pollen-masses in Ophrys apifera in N. Africa fall on the stigma, as in England?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 July [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 197–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7850

To J. D. Hooker   23 July [1871]

Summary

Honoured by Abutilon name; describes observations on its fertilisation.

Henrietta’s marriage a great loss to him.

Latest Quarterly Review has article, "evidently by Mivart", that cuts CD into mincemeat.

Asks for name of species of mouse J. S. Henslow used to keep [see 598].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 July [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 199–200
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7878

To J. D. Hooker   26 July [1871]

Summary

Thanks for information about Henslow’s mouse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 July [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 201
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7881

To J. D. Hooker   6 August [1871]

Summary

Has read Thomson’s address with "greatest interest", but JDH has said exactly what he [CD] thinks of it.

Herschel’s was a good sneer. It made him add the Raphael Madonna simile in Descent [2: 142].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 202–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7898

To J. D. Hooker   30 September [1871]

Summary

Sends proofs of Huxley’s article on Mivart, to be published in Contemporary Review ["Mr Darwin’s critics", 18 (1871): 443–76].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 206
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7977

To J. D. Hooker   4 October [1871]

Summary

Sorry to hear of JDH’s troubles;

pleased he thinks so highly of Huxley’s article [see 7977].

Huxley makes CD feel infantile in intellect (as JDH once said of himself). CD is not so good a Christian as JDH thinks, for he did enjoy his revenge on Mivart.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 207–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7984

To J. D. Hooker   [20 October 1871]

Summary

Has written to Henry Holland in strongest terms. Will be surprised and disappointed if he does not accede to JDH’s request.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [20 Oct 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 211–12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8022

To J. D. Hooker   20 [October 1871]

Summary

CD agitated by JDH’s letter. Forgot to say that he heard Henry Holland was going to Turin. Beseeches JDH not to resign. No one could possibly replace him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 [Oct 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 209–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8023

To J. D. Hooker   28 November [1871]

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CD is considering repeating experiments on melastomads in which different pollen sizes produced differing seedling sizes.

Responds to JDH’s query on differences in pollen within the same species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 445–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8087

To J. D. Hooker   [18 December 1871]

Summary

H. Holland keeps strongly to the opinion that Kew be under the Treasury, and will recommend this to Lowe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 Dec 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 214–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8109

To J. D. Hooker   16 September [1871]

Summary

Is preparing new edition of Origin [6th] in which he will introduce new chapter to answer Mivart’s criticisms. Mivart is unfair: suppresses facts in CD’s later editions.

Sends article [by Chauncey Wright, see 7940] reviewing Genesis of species.

Mivart writes to CD full of respect, but reviles him in print.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 204–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7949

To J. D. Hooker   15 [December 1871]

Summary

Will be in London until 21st. Would rejoice if JDH could come to lunch during their stay.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [Dec 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8106
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