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To J. D. Hooker   23 February 1875

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Mourns death of Lyell. Wonders whether enough men of science were attached to him to raise a fitting testimonial.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Feb 1875
Classmark:  DAR 95: 377–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9866

To J. D. Hooker   25 February [1875]

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CD on his memory of Lyell. Deeply rejoices that he is to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 379–81
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9873

To J. D. Hooker   [21 November 1845]

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Is busy with shell work and cannot make it to Kew. Invites JDH to Down. Intends asking Edward Forbes and Hugh Falconer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [21 Nov 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-929

To J. D. Hooker   [25 November 1845]

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Can JDH come to Down on 6 December? If this is convenient, CD will ask Forbes, Falconer, and perhaps Waterhouse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [25 Nov 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-930

To J. D. Hooker   [29 November 1845]

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Delighted that JDH will come to visit him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [29 Nov 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-931

To J. D. Hooker   4 March [1874]

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CD guessed Carruthers was stirred up by Owen. Disgraceful treatment of Bentham.

Work on Descent and Coral reefs stops his doing anything of real interest.

Asa Gray’s letter. CD has acknowledged the honour [honorary membership in the Boston Soc. Nat. Hist.].

"What a demon on earth Owen is. I do hate him."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Mar [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 313–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9333

To J. D. Hooker   [10 December 1845]

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CD’s enjoyment of JDH’s visit and "all our raging discussions".

Would like to compare insects from Kerguelen Islands with those from Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [10 Dec 1845]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-935

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   [31 January 1846]

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Disappointed with Webb and Berthelot.

Delighted to hear of more species from the Galapagos, surprised to hear W. Indian character of flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [31 Jan 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 53
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-945

To J. D. Hooker   [5 February 1846]

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Will come to visit Kew if Claude Gay speaks English. Otherwise would prefer to wait until spring.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [5 Feb 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 51
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-948

To J. D. Hooker   [8? February 1846]

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Will visit JDH in spring.

Will JDH ask Gay what birds, reptiles, or mammifers inhabit Juan Fernández [Island]?

Has JDH seen William Herbert’s paper ["Local habitation and wants of plants", J. Hortic. Soc. Lond. 1 (1846): 44–9]?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [8? Feb 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-950

To J. D. Hooker   [10 February 1846]

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Thinks JDH’s explanation of polymorphism on volcanic islands is probably correct.

Proposes experimental test to see whether alpine form of a plant is inherited like a true variety.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [10 Feb 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 54
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-951

To J. D. Hooker   [before 15 July 1874]

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Suggests experiments to try [with Nepenthes]. Asks JDH to test whether cabbage seeds and peas exposed to the ferment germinate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [before 15 July 1874]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873–8: 38–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9523

To J. D. Hooker   2 July 1874

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Thinks Frank and he have worked out Pinguicula well and they long to attack Utricularia. Tried several plants with sticky glandular hairs; some few absorb ammonia, but the greater number do not. If JDH sends plant or seed of Lychnis CD will examine it to see whether it catches many flies. Asa Gray has written him much about Sarracenia, with a specimen showing the splendid dodge by which ground insects are enticed up and then drowned. Describes how it may be investigated, to see whether it absorbs decayed matter from flies, or ammonia thus generated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 322–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9529

To J. D. Hooker   [15 February 1846]

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Has had to make a Post Office order to JDH payable at Charing Cross instead of Kew.

Does Sir William [Hooker] know the Dean of Manchester’s London address?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [15 Feb 1846]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 54c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-953

To J. D. Hooker   4 July 1874

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It would be interesting to prove that some plants feed on decayed animal matter whilst others like Drosera can digest fresh animal matter. Suggests the method for observing this.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 95: 324–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9532

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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