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To Joseph Dalton Hooker   15 [January 1866]

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In despair: has lost his copy of Verlot’s memoir on variations of flowers [Sur la production et la fixation des variétés (1866)]. Has JDH borrowed it?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [Jan 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4976

To J. D. Hooker   21 [January 1866]

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Has found Verlot.

His sister [Emily Catherine Langton] is dying [d. 2 Feb 1866].

His stomach still very bad. Writes one or two hours and reads a little.

JDH is a wretch to remind CD of his coal-plant prophecy.

Glad JDH will give Nottingham lecture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [Jan 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 281
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4981

To J. D. Hooker   [28 February 1866]

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Refers to part of JDH letter on glacial period sent on to Lyell. CD will not yield. Cannot think how JDH attaches so much attention to physicists. Has "come not to care at all for general beliefs without the special facts".

His health is improved but not so good as JDH supposes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Feb 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 31–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5020

To J. D. Hooker   4 April [1866]

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Extensive discussion of Pangenesis in reply to JDH’s comments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Apr [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 282, 282b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5046

To J. D. Hooker   [9 April 1866]

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Sad about Oliver’s loss.

JDH’s reference to odd Begonia at same time as an article about it came out in Gardeners’ Chronicle [(1866): 313–14].

Is astonished that Pangenesis seems perplexing to JDH. Pleads guilty to its being "wildly abominably speculative (worthy even of Herbert Spencer)".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [9 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5051

To J. D. Hooker   [5 April 1866]

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Queries for John Smith [Kew curator] on crossing a cucumber variety.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [5 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 286
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5054

To J. D. Hooker   [22 April 1866]

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Thanks for facts about New Zealand flora.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [22 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 285
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5064

To J. D. Hooker   [28 April 1866]

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Needs Annales de la Société d’horticulture de Paris 7 (1830).

Asks that Oliver provide a reference for microscopical appearance and structure of a bud.

Was very well on first part of London visit.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 287
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5071

To J. D. Hooker   [16 April 1866]

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Asks how many plants are proper to New Zealand for new edition [4th] of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [16 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 283
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5073

To J. D. Hooker   [12 May 1866]

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Caspary wants to visit Down. CD would like to see him but dreads the exertion.

Pleased that JDH will get D.C.L. at Oxford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [12 May 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 288
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5088

To J. D. Hooker   16 May [1866]

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Glad to see Asa Gray’s letter.

Asks whether he may insert a sentence about Cape Verde alpine plants in new edition [4th] of Origin.

Fears "twaddle" may also be the word for his two chapters on cultivated plants. Asks for Crawfurd’s paper.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 289, 289b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5091

To J. D. Hooker   31 May [1866]

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Comments on JDH’s list – very good, but Orchids and Primula paper have too indirect a bearing to be worth mentioning. The Eozoon is a very important fact and to a much lesser degree the Archaeopteryx. Müller’s Für Darwin [1864] perhaps the most important contribution.

CD has forgotten to mention Bates on variation and JDH’s Arctic paper ["Distribution of Arctic plants", Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 23 (1862): 251–348] in new edition of Origin.

Now finds that Owen claims to be originator of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  31 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5106

To J. D. Hooker   [31 May 1866]

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No enclosure in JDH’s last letter.

Would like to be amused "for my stomach & the whole Universe is this day demoniacal in my eyes".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [31 May 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 290a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5107

To J. D. Hooker   [4 June 1866]

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Thanks for Asa Gray’s letter, enclosed.

Knew JDH would not care about omissions but was vexed at his own forgetfulness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [4 June 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5112

To J. D. Hooker   30 June [1866]

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Has heard from B. J. Sulivan about the fossils at Gallegos, Patagonia. Would be a great haul for palaeontology if Duke of Somerset would encourage Capt. Mayne to collect them [on survey of Magellan Strait].

Tells JDH of a new map of world that he might use in his lecture [on "Insular floras", BAAS, 1866, J. Bot. Br. & Foreign 5 (1867): 23–31; Gard. Chron. (1867): 6, 27, 50, 75].

Impressed by H. Spencer’s last number, but each suggestion would require years of work to be of use to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 June [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 292
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5135

To J. D. Hooker   21 [July 1866]

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Asks help in naming a lupin, enclosed. Nurseryman said parties who make experiments should find the names. He might have added "and not trouble their friends".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [July 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 293
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5162

To J. D. Hooker   30 July [1866]

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His reasons for rejecting Atlantis hypothesis connecting Madeira and Canary Islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 July [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 294, 294b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5167

To J. D. Hooker   3 and 4 August [1866]

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Answers JDH’s questions on connection of SE. England and continent,

on the effect of breaking the Isthmus of Panama,

and on Madeira flora as remnant of Tertiary flora.

Cautionary remarks for JDH on his "Insular floras" speech, designed to strengthen case of "occasional migration" theory.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 and 4 Aug 1866
Classmark:  DAR 115: 295, 295b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5174

To J. D. Hooker   5 August [1866]

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CD defends his view of land birds on St Helena.

Explains why he would not expect American plants on the Azores.

It makes him miserable that he and JDH look at everything so differently.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 296
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5181

To J. D. Hooker   8 August [1866]

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Admits that occasional transport is not a well-established hypothesis but believes it more probable than continental extension as an explanation for the stocking of islands.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Aug [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 297
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5185
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