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From J. D. Hooker   20 January 1874

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An awful row at the Linnean Society. William Carruthers and Co. packed a meeting to throw out a decision of the Council. He was beaten by one vote (more than two-thirds majority needed).

Spent two hours with Lyell talking about Thomas Belt’s book [The naturalist in Nicaragua (1874)]: "the tropical old Glaciers beat the seance I do think".

Lyell agrees that the glacial epoch is the great geological crux of the day. Lowering of the ocean level must also be investigated.

Curious about A. C. Ramsay’s paper coming at Royal Society on 29th ["On the comparative value of certain geological ages", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 22 (1874): 145–8].

Huxley’s new book [? Critiques and addresses (1873)].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 187–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9250

From J. D. Hooker   3 March 1874

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The row at the Linnean Society and other troubles.

The Agricultural Society has sent Anton De Bary £100 to investigate the potato disease – an insult to M. J. Berkeley, who had worked on it for 30 years.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 189–92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9331

From J. D. Hooker   24 March 1874

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"Half an answer" to CD’s query on visit of Sphinx to Hedychium gardnerianum.

Business affairs and family ill health keep him busy.

G. J. Allman will succeed Bentham as President of Linnean Society. Busk has refused.

Huxley is well.

JDH has indoctrinated Sir Stafford Northcote with his merits.

Lyell frail.

Old J. E. Gray goes on publishing.

"Is not [Thomas] Belt splendid!"

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 195–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9371

From J. D. Hooker   1 July 1874

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Has "given the slip" to Nepenthes, but is setting a plant up in an enclosure for special observation.

Has some splendid Sarracenia and will perform any miracle regarding them CD puts him up to.

Charmed with CD’s account of Pinguicula. Would like to try whether Lychnis has the same use of viscid fluid.

Has written for English Utricularia for CD.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 200–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9526

From J. D. Hooker   3 July 1874

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Sends results of his observations on Nepenthes. Would be grateful for any hints for further observations.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 202–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9530

From J. D. Hooker   8 July 1874

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The appetite of Nepenthes for hard-boiled egg is prodigious.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 204–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9537

From J. D. Hooker   15 July 1874

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Asks what can be the meaning of appendages to tips of leaflets of enclosed Acacia or Mimosa.

Is at fibrin today.

Michael Foster suggests coagulation of protoplasm may be diseased, not digestive, symptom.

F. M. Balfour is at Kew today.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 206–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9548

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   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   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   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

From J. D. Hooker   28 November 1874

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Huxley feels he can accept the Edinburgh lecture invitation.

Also tells JDH he is preparing a paper for Linnean Society on classification which will uphold evolution ["On the classification of the animal kingdom", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 12 (1876): 199–226]. He has thrown overboard all his old ideas of definite demarcation. He will make a clean breast of it, and will bear hard on necessity of all such ideas as Haeckel’s in dealing with systematic zoology.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 103: 230–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9736
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