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To J. D. Hooker   25 March [1874]

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Thanks for information about Hedychium. Hopes wings of Sphinx will be found covered with pollen for that will be a fine bit of prophecy from the structure of a flower to special and new means of fertilisation.

Has been at Descent so hard he has done nothing, not even H. Spencer’s answer.

Has not yet read Croll ["Ocean currents", London Edinburgh & Dublin Philos. Mag. 47 (1874): 94–122, 168–90].

Has heard nothing about Carter and Eozoon. Eozoon, he infers, is done for.

Has read Belt [The naturalist in Nicaragua (1874)]: best of all natural history travel books.

Has written to Fritz Müller about leaf-carrying ants.

Hopes to resume work on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 317–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9372

To J. D. Hooker   27 [March 1874]

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Etty [Henrietta Litchfield] is helping with Coral reefs [2d ed.]; will JDH lend her his copy?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 [Mar 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 320
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9373

To J. D. Hooker   7 [April 1874]

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C. V. Riley’s case of Pronuba moth and the fertilisation of Yucca, is the most wonderful case of fertilisation ever published [Am. Nat. 7 (1873): 619–23].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 [Apr 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9395

To J. D. Hooker   25 January [1872]

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Heartily glad about Willy.

Has never had Zizania.

Still has Leersia. He cannot make the beast produce.

What slow coaches the Ministers are about the Ayrton affair.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 218–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8181

To J. D. Hooker   27 January [1873]

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Drosophyllum arrived; none of his observations turned out as he expected, but nevertheless he understands its habits better than he did. The secreting hairs that he observed may be explained as a mere chemical reaction.

Comments on various articles he has read.

Asks for Thiselton-Dyer’s notes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 253–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8185

To J. D. Hooker   [16 or 23 February or 1 or 8 or 15 March 1872]

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Suggests a visit to Kew to see the hot houses the following Sunday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [16 or 23] Feb 1872 or [1, 8 or 15] Mar 1872
Classmark:  Newcastle University Special Collections (Pybus (Professor Frederick) Archive GB186 FP/2/7/35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8212F

To J. D. Hooker   [10 February 1845]

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Congratulates JDH and condoles with him on possible position at Edinburgh. Although CD will miss him bitterly, he encourages JDH to view it as a good opportunity.

Sorry to hear that Humboldt is failing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [10 Feb 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-826

To J. D. Hooker   14 May [1872]

Summary

Is sorry JDH cannot come to Down.

Hopes the House of Lords "pitch into the accursed fellow" [Ayrton].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 May [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8330

To J. D. Hooker   14 June [1872]

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Has signed the memorial by men of science with real pleasure. Fears it may be too severe. He told Lady Derby about JDH’s troubles. She said she would tell Lord Derby what he had said.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 June [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 220–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8385

To J. D. Hooker   12 July [1872]

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Overjoyed at the way the newspapers have taken up JDH’s case. The memorial has done great good this way, whatever the wretched Government does. It is enough to make one a Tory. JDH has done a service to all men of science by showing governments that they cannot be trampled on.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 July [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 222–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8406

To J. D. Hooker   19 March [1845]

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Would like to borrow the pamphlet on variation [Frédéric Gérard, "De l’espèce dans les corps organisés" (1844), extract from Dictionnaire universel d’histoire naturelle, ed. C. D. d’Orbigny].

Glad to hear Humboldt’s views on migration. CD believes we cannot "put any limit to the possible and even probable migration of plants".

Wants good book on plant morphology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-842

To J. D. Hooker   4 August [1872]

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CD hopes the Times abstract of minutes of Lords of the Treasury will make JDH’s position more comfortable.

The "wretched Lords" make CD indignant, but "nothing equals Owen’s conduct. – I used to be ashamed of hating him so much, but now I will carefully cherish my hatred & contempt to the last day of my life."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 225–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8449

To J. D. Hooker   [26 March 1845]

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Has received pamphlet from JDH [John Murray, Strictures on morphology (1845)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [26 Mar 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-846

To J. D. Hooker   31 March [1845]

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Hopes JDH will enjoy Edinburgh.

Has just finished Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire on animal monsters [Anomalies de l’organisation chez l’homme et les animaux (1832–7)], "and a nasty curious subject it is".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-847

To J. D. Hooker   [16 April 1845]

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Thanks for information about books.

Murray is publishing CD’s Journal of researches. Would be grateful for a sentence on Galapagos plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [16 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-849

To J. D. Hooker   29 August [1872]

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Is now at work on Drosera and asks to borrow D. capensis and other species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 227–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8491

To J. D. Hooker   30 August [1872]

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of cheque.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.424)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8494

To J. D. Hooker   4 October [1872]

Summary

Is sending Drosera back

and "the curious Kerguelen book".

"Drosera has almost been the death of me."

Hopes the accursed man [Ayrton] does not give JDH any more trouble.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 229–30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8542

To J. D. Hooker   10 October [1872]

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Is much vexed about Drosera.

Land-level changes and volcanic activity.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W. T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 31–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8552

To J. D. Hooker   22 October [1872]

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Condolences on death of JDH’s mother.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 Oct [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 231–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8569
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