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To J. D. Hooker   [22 November 1859]

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CD hopes Woodward was not the Athenæum reviewer. "The manner in which he drags in immortality, & sets the Priests at me … is base".

JDH has made CD feel he can "face a score of savage reviewers".

H. C. Watson has written to him in tremendous praise of the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [22 Nov 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2542

To J. D. Hooker   14 December [1859]

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CD’s great satisfaction with JDH’s approval of Origin. The book has been extremely successful. Reactions of Asa Gray, Lyell, Bentham, and J. E. Gray.

Not one friend has noticed his pet bit in Origin: embryology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2583

To J. D. Hooker   21 [December 1859]

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Delighted JDH coming to Down. They will discuss Origin. JDH’s remarks that theory explains too much are excellent, yet CD cannot see his error.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2591

To J. D. Hooker   23 [December 1859]

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Received JDH’s introduction to Flora Tasmaniae.

Criticism of C. V. Naudin’s descent theory.

Asks that Lyell be allowed to see letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2595

To J. D. Hooker   25 [December 1859]

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CD will not write to L. Descaisne to defend his priority over C. V. Naudin.

Feels success of theory depends on acceptance and application by good and well-known workers, like JDH, Huxley, and Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2602

To J. D. Hooker   26 [December 1859]

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High, detailed praise for introductory essay to Flora Tasmaniae [reprinted as On the flora of Australia (1859)]. CD expects it to convert botanists from doctrine of immutable creation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 33, 30a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2606

To J. D. Hooker   28 [December 1859]

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CD has written to Asa Gray criticising J. D. Dana’s arguments for a warm period subsequent to glacial period.

Remembers it is Alphonse de Candolle who states that many species are not true species.

Did Huxley write the excellent review in the Times?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2610

To J. D. Hooker   29 [December 1859]

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Queries possible misprint in JDH’s introduction to Flora Tasmaniae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2613

To J. D. Hooker   20 January [1859]

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At work on abstract.

Continues argument on effectiveness of dispersal. Has doubts about relationship of isolation to highness of Australian flora. Questions about survival of European plants introduced in Australia.

CD receives the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  20 Jan [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2401

To J. D. Hooker   23 January [1859]

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Wallace has written and is well satisfied with the joint presentation.

CD requests some facts to make case in his abstract for former glacial action in Himalayas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Jan [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2403

To J. D. Hooker   28 January [1859]

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CD not convinced that naturalisation of European plants abroad is strictly dependent on creation by agriculture of disturbed ground.

More than half through his chapter on geographical distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Jan [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2406

To J. D. Hooker   2 March [1859]

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Has finished geographical distribution chapter and asks JDH to read it.

Is it just to say embryological characters are of high importance in plant classification?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2422

To J. D. Hooker   5 [March 1859]

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Will read JDH’s printers’ slips on variation.

CD has been so ill, he wonders whether he will get his book done, though so nearly completed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 [Mar 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2424

To J. D. Hooker   11 March [1859]

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Sends MS [of Origin] on geographical distribution. Wants JDH to correct facts and say what he most vehemently objects to.

Has received JDH’s note on plant embryology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2429

To J. D. Hooker   15 March [1859]

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Will finish last chapter (except recapitulation) tomorrow.

Pleased with JDH’s response to geographical distribution chapter;

CD disagrees with Lyell’s view that glacial epoch is connected with position of continents.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2432

To J. D. Hooker   30 March [1859]

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Hopes Murray will publish after seeing MS [of Origin].

Demurs at JDH’s saying that CD changes climate to account for migration of bugs, flies, etc. "We do nothing of the sort; for we rest on scored rocks, old moraines, arctic shells, and mammifers." Has given up the Lyellian doctrine as insufficient to explain all changes in climate; CD has no theory about the cause of the cold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Mar [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2440

To J. D. Hooker   2 April [1859]

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Thanks for letter of caution about Murray. He has offered to publish without seeing MS. CD thinks book will be popular to a certain extent. Lyell’s inducing Murray to publish Origin grates CD’s pride.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2446

To J. D. Hooker   7 April [1859]

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Has read first sheets of JDH’s Flora Tasmaniae [introductory] essay [published separately as On the flora of Australia (1859)]. Criticises lack of evidence supporting views that best marked varieties occur at edges of range of species and that species remain under cultivation for many generations and suddenly begin to vary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2450

To J. D. Hooker   11 April [1859]

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Murray has read first three chapters of Origin and abides by his offer to publish.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  11 Apr [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2452

To J. D. Hooker   12 [April 1859]

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CD agrees cultivated plants may begin to vary after some time and then may vary suddenly, but cautions JDH on lack of evidence. His explanation is that small variations are ignored until they accumulate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 [Apr 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2453
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