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To J. D. Hooker   24 April [1855]

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More on seed-salting. JDH’s admission that he expected seeds to die in a week gives CD "a nice little triumph".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1671

To J. D. Hooker   11 May [1855]

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JDH to be appointed Assistant Director at Kew.

On where to publish seed-salting paper. Floating problem perhaps more important than germination.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 May [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1680

To J. D. Hooker   15 [May 1855]

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CD upset because salted seeds do not float.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [May 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1681

To J. D. Hooker   27 May [1855]

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CD’s seed paper in Gardeners’ Chronicle [Collected papers 1: 255–8];

CD attacks Forbes’s "Atlantis".

Considers solutions to floating problem. Decides to test Azores seeds.

Photographs and drawings of CD.

Plant movement experiments with Hedysarum gyrans.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 May [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1688

To J. D. Hooker   2 June [1855]

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Asks JDH not to send H. C. Watson’s paper on Azores plants [Hooker’s Lond. J. Bot. 2 (1843): 1–9, 125–31, 394–408; 3 (1844): 582–617; 6 (1847): 380–97].

CD cannot endure trying all the Azorean seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 June [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1692

To J. D. Hooker   5 June [1855]

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Seeds: worried they will turn into another barnacle job.

Studies plants colonising abandoned field.

Experiment on plant sleep movements.

CD objects to "Atlantis" because no evidence; does not affect species theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 June [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1693

To J. D. Hooker   10 June [1855]

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Detailed response to JDH’s critique of sea transport and continental connection theories. JDH’s claim that low plants are widely distributed fits both theories.

Species theory does not touch origin of life.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 June [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 136
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1696

To J. D. Hooker   15 [June 1855]

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Thanks for Hedysarum.

Pleasure in identifying field plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [June 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1700

To J. D. Hooker   23 [June 1855]

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Has used borrowing rights at Linnean Society Library arranged for him by JDH.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 [June 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1702

To J. D. Hooker   5 July [1855]

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Has named 35 species of grasses.

Seed-salting continues.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1711

To J. D. Hooker   14 [July 1855]

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CD experiments: sowing seeds in fields; "breaking" seeds’ constitution with coloured light; plant hybridisation. Compiling works on hybridism.

Respect for W. B. Carpenter.

Note on "nectar secreting" to Gardeners’ Chronicle [Collected papers 1: 258–9].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 [July 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1717

To J. D. Hooker   18 [July 1855]

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Has read a paper, presumably by JDH, using the Madeiran flora to argue against Forbes’s doctrine.

JDH asked how far CD will go in attributing common descent; he intends to show "the facts & arguments for & against the common descent of species of same genus; & then show how far the same arguments tell for or against forms, more & more widely different".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  18 [July 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1719

To J. D. Hooker   19 July [1855]

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Parcels sent to Down by coach may get lost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 July [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1722

To J. D. Hooker   28 [July 1855]

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Praise for JDH’s Flora Indica [J. D. Hooker and T. Thomson (1855)] from CD and C. J. F. Bunbury.

CD and J. S. Henslow dining in London. JDH invited.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 [July 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 143a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1731

To J. D. Hooker   9 [December 1855]

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Burying charlock seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 [Dec 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1736

To J. D. Hooker   10 August [1855]

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Morning with H. C. Watson; discussed problems of inferences from buried seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Aug [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1737

To J. D. Hooker   11 August [1855]

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Has left a book from Henslow for JDH at Athenaeum.

When Asa Gray wrote, did he send marked sheets [of his Manual of botany]?

Has just made out "new & wonderful" specific character between two of his pigeon breeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Aug [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 150: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1738

To J. D. Hooker   14 [August 1855]

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When JDH goes to Germany, will he ask seed men if their marvellous true breeding lines are the result of selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 [Aug 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1741

To J. D. Hooker   18 [October 1855]

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Seeds of two tropical island plants have floated for ten days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  18 [Oct 1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1742

To J. D. Hooker   10 October [1855]

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Sick of seed-salting.

Reading Candolle with great interest.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Oct [1855]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1763
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