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From J. D. Hooker   15 April 1875

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Approves vivisection memorial.

Lyon Playfair supports his request for Kew assistant.

Asks whether CD has botanical suggestions for Arctic expedition.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 23–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9932

From J. D. Hooker   16 April 1875

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Approves draft of vivisection bill. Huxley strongly in favour of a bill.

Knows of the pitchers of one species of Dischidia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9935

From J. D. Hooker   17 April 1875

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On pitchers of Dischidia and insects found in them.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 104: 26–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9936

From J. D. Hooker   [before 3 September 1846]

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Has done Edmondston’s Galapagos plants.

Dispute between Edward Forbes and H. C. Watson.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 3 Sept 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-994

From J. D. Hooker   28 September 1846

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Cannot come to Down to meet B. J. Sulivan as W. H. Harvey is calling.

Plant distribution and soil nature.

Forbes’s modification of Watson’s types of vegetation.

JDH will write comparison of representative plant species of the N. and S. Hemispheres.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept 1846
Classmark:  DAR 100: 69–72
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-998

From J. D. Hooker   16 July [1874]

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JDH has told Murray that the Quarterly Review article attacking George [Darwin] and CD [137 (1874): 40–77] was "as base as it was baseless".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9552

From J. D. Hooker   18 July 1874

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Two Nepenthes have devoured two pieces of fibrin [sketch shows size] in three days.

Has CD any objection to JDH’s giving an account of CD’s Drosera observations at Belfast [BAAS meeting] in a résumé of pitcher-plant results ["Address to the department of botany and zoology", Rep. BAAS 44 (1874): 102–16]?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 208–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9553

From J. D. Hooker   22 July 1874

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Stupefied by CD’s trouble and kindness. All he wanted for Belfast meeting was assurance that mention of published work on Drosera, etc., in Nature, etc., would not interfere with CD’s book.

Would like his Nepenthes results to go to CD or to Royal Society, but prefers CD take them.

Cephalotus very puzzling.

Peas and cabbage grow twice as fast after two days’ immersion in Nepenthes as when placed in distilled water, but four days’ immersion seems to kill them.

Has a splendid Australian Drosera twice as big as D. rotundifolia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 210–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9558

From J. D. Hooker   2 [March] 1846

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Thanks for Edward Forbes’s letter. Botanical evidence conflicts with parts of his theory but supports others. Is becoming more of a migrationist.

Bentham agrees with JDH on polymorphism.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 [Mar] 1846
Classmark:  DAR 100: 63–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-958

From J. D. Hooker   17 August 1874

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Describes his work on Nepenthes.

Cephalotus is a beast.

His address is a history of Dionaea, Sarracenia, and Drosera.

Thiselton-Dyer has helped enormously except with the observations; but his health is so poor that JDH thinks he is "evidently cut out for a Literate not a working botanist".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Aug 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 214–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9602

From J. D. Hooker   [29 August 1874]

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Lady Dorothy Nevill is CD’s best chance for Dionaea.

Reports on Belfast meeting of BAAS. Lubbock’s lecture went off admirably. Huxley’s was the magnum opus.

Encloses letter from Mrs Barber on protective coloration of animals.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29 Aug 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 219–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9610

From J. D. Hooker   [after 4 September 1874]

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Forwards a letter reporting on a blow-fly trapped by a leaf of Dionaea; decomposition of fly has also decomposed the leaf. JDH has written asking for a strong plant, and explaining the case [of surfeit].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 4 Sept 1874]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 222–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9615

From J. D. Hooker   15 September 1874

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Thiselton-Dyer’s announcement of his inability to continue as JDH’s private secretary is a blow. He will now be doing original work. JDH is glad of that but the loss of his help is great.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 88–9; DAR 103: 221; Insectivorous plants, p. 5 n.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9638

From J. D. Hooker   [25 March 1846]

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JDH recognises the existence of "altered states" of continental species in island floras. The botanists’ difficulty in determining a new species is no grounds for dismissing the important question of altered forms.

Will look for Ascension plants for Ehrenberg.

French Galapagos collections confirm JDH’s view that plants arrived from north.

Cannot agree with Forbes on North Atlantic flora.

Botanical definition of "highness" and "lowness" usually means complexity and simplicity.

Some plants, such as aquatic ones, are cleistogamous. Cannot see why they should not be.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Mar 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 188–91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-964

From J. D. Hooker   23 September 1874

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CD’s Utricularia findings – bladders, subterranean roots, and insects decomposing in them – a grand discovery.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 224–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9655

From J. D. Hooker   [11–15 April 1846]

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Hugh Falconer gives no specific objections to Forbes’s views.

Botanical contrast between Cape of Good Hope and the rest of Africa is as strong as that between Australia and India.

Wishes CD would leave off snuff.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [11–15 Apr 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-966

From J. D. Hooker   29 September 1874

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Information about various species of Utricularia.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 93–94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9663

From J. D. Hooker   11 October 1874

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Oliver will attend to his letter.

Tells of discovery and rediscovery of Aldrovanda.

Asks what CD thinks of "old Pritchard’s discourse" [C. Pritchard, Natural science and natural religion (1874)]. Does not affect evolution at all. It does affect the rather unprofitable doctrine of materialism.

His plans for the Royal Society Presidential Address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 226–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9673

From J. D. Hooker   [3 December 1874?]

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Probably a discussiion of J. D. Hooker’s feelings after death of his wife, Frances Harriet, on 13 November 1874: the letter is badly damaged.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Dec 1874?]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 263
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9719F

From J. D. Hooker   25 November 1874

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Encloses a letter [from Huxley about his invitation to lecture at Edinburgh]. Has done his best to dissuade Huxley from accepting the burden.

JDH’s depression in bereavement.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 228–9; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/1/14/f. 54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9732
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