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To J. D. Hooker   [1 September 1864]

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CD continues to have trouble reconciling the Veitch’s names for Bignonia plants and Kew names.

Lyell and Falconer called on CD in London.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 Sept 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 248
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4605

To J. D. Hooker   13 September [1864]

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Pleased that Bentham is cautious about Naudin’s view of reversion. CD can show experimentally that crossing of races and species tends to bring back ancient characters.

Suggests Gärtner’s Bastarderzeugung [1849] be translated

and that Oliver review Scott’s Primula paper [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 8 (1865): 78–126] for a future issue of Natural History Review.

Is working on Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 249a–b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4612

To J. D. Hooker   23 September [1864]

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Pleased with news of BAAS meeting

and Scott’s possible position as Thomas Anderson’s curator.

Suggests Wallace is due for a Royal Medal.

Agrees with JDH’s criticism of Lyell’s address [see 4614].

Bentham’s Linnean Society address treats continuity of life in a vague non-natural sense.

Rereading his old MS [Natural selection] CD is impressed with work he had already done.

Writing Variation much harder than Climbing plants.

Encloses request to JDH to propose, or suggest on his behalf, that the Ray Society publish a translation of C. F. von Gärtner’s Versuche und Beobachtungen über die Bastarderzeugung im Pflanzenreich (1849).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 14; DAR 115: 250a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4621

To J. D. Hooker   8 October [1864]

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Huxley has answered Kölliker in Natural History Review [(1864): 566–80].

CD is correcting two of Scott’s papers; is convinced primrose and cowslip are two good species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Oct [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 251
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4630

To J. D. Hooker   22 October [1864]

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To Lyell’s chagrin, CD has come round again to A. C. Ramsay’s glacial theory.

On primrose and cowslip, CD maintains they are good species, notwithstanding Scott’s work.

CD defines species by power of remaining constant for a good long time and showing appreciable amount of difference from close species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 Oct [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 252
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4642

To J. D. Hooker   3 November [1864]

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Asks JDH to verify an observation on Dicentra – what CD thought was a branch in the young plant now looks like a gigantic leaf in the old.

Concurs on Spencer’s clever emptiness.

Ramsay exaggerates role of ice. Sorry to hear that Tyndall grows dogmatic.

Admits difficulty of making case for Wallace’s Royal Medal at this time.

Will soon finish the first draft of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 253
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4650

To J. D. Hooker   26 November [1864]

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CD’s Lythrum paper has given him as much satisfaction as working out complemental males in cirripedes.

Response to award of Copley Medal.

Letters from Germany and France support natural selection.

Now that climbing plants are done, CD asks for Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 254a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4682

To J. D. Hooker   4 December [1864]

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CD pleased with Huxley for defending him against Sabine. Also pleased with much of Sabine’s address. Is sure JDH wrote the botanical part.

Suggests James Hector observe which insects visit endemic New Zealand plants

and JDH examine distribution of white vs coloured corollas in New Zealand.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 255a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4697

To J. D. Hooker   10 December [1864]

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Has found incipient stages of adhesive discs in Hanburia tendrils.

Huxley was probably right to have challenged Sabine, but the poor old man is sick.

CD remembers the old Disraeli novel [Tancred (1847)] that sneers at transmutation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 256
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4712

To J. D. Hooker   5 April [1864]

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Sees difficulty of placing Scott at Kew. Suspects Balfour is prejudiced because Scott is a Darwinian.

CD’s former letter on Clematis [4403] blundered; work now being revised.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 227a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4450

To J. D. Hooker   7 April [1864]

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CD apologises for having asked JDH to help him with Scott and now seeks advice on how to break the news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4455

To J. D. Hooker   13 April [1864]

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CD has told Scott not to hope for help from JDH.

Health improving.

Hopes to write Lythrum paper soon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4461

To J. D. Hooker   19 [April 1864]

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Another plea to take Scott on at Kew. Emma begs CD not to employ him at Down.

Has just received a long article on the Origin from D. J. Brown, an Edinburgh baker [see 4464].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 [Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4468

To J. D. Hooker   25 April [1864]

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CD thinks JDH takes a hard view of Scott’s character, but will not argue further.

Leersia.

Working on homomorphic and heteromorphic crosses in Primula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4471

To J. D. Hooker   [15 May 1864]

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CD finishing Lythrum paper [Collected papers 2: 106–31].

Pleased at Bates’s appointment

and Wallace’s paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [15 May 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 233
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4496

To J. D. Hooker   22 [May 1864]

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CD’s pleasure at JDH’s willingness to help Scott find a position in India.

Naudin underrates contamination of his experiments by insects. Thus CD doubts Naudin’s results on rapidity and universality of reversion in hybrids.

Wallace’s paper on man [see 4494] reflects his genius, although CD does not fully agree with it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 [May 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4506

To J. D. Hooker   30 May [1864]

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Forwards two character references for John Scott, for position JDH is arranging in India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 May [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 234
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4515

To J. D. Hooker   31 [May 1864]

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Request for climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 [May 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4516

To J. D. Hooker   2 June [1864]

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Requests climbing plants.

Asks that Oliver be told that he now does not care "how many tendrils he makes axial".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 June [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 237
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4517

To J. D. Hooker   10 June [1864]

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CD has proved common oxlip to be a hybrid of cowslip and primrose.

Reviewing literature on climbing plants, CD finds he has much new material.

W. H. Harvey claims evidence of saltation in a dandelion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 June [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 238a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4525
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