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From J. D. Hooker   16 January 1866

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Is in a mess with his correspondence and will get no assistance before 1 April.

Has agreed to give an address on the Darwinian theory at Nottingham [meeting of BAAS].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 53–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4978

From J. D. Hooker   23 January 1866

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Sorrow about Mrs Langton. Has been haunted by death these six or eight years. Now cannot bear to look at children asleep in bed – a sight he once thought the loveliest thing in creation.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Jan 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 55–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4984

From J. D. Hooker   4 February 1866

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Asks CD whether he knows of a medicine to check vomiting – for a friend dying from starvation as a result.

Duke of Somerset is looking for two naturalists for survey ship to Korea and Strait of Magellan.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 57–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4996

From J. D. Hooker   21 February 1866

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Had Busks and Lyells to dinner.

Examines and criticises evidence for CD’s hypothesis that the glacial period was not one of universal cold. Physicists deny its possibility.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 59, 62–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5013

From J. D. Hooker   [26 or 27 February 1866]

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Lyell wants to see JDH’s last letter [the part on glacial periods]. Lyell full of concern about astronomical causes of heat and cold on the globe.

Encloses letter from John Scott.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 or 27] Feb 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 65–6; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence 156: 1048)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5017

From J. D. Hooker   [6 April 1866]

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Reference to description of Begonia phyllomaniaca.

Thanks for the explicit account of Pangenesis. Thinks he now follows CD’s ideas but Pangenesis is very difficult and speculative.

Oliver has lost his little girl.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 69–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5047

From J. D. Hooker   [after 28 April 1866]

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Orchids.

Lyell has written to JDH about coal-plants of Melville Island.

Has glanced at first edition of Principles and has no doubt that Lyell meant the whole globe was cooler when land was massed at poles. JDH doubts this.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Apr 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5076

From J. D. Hooker   [19 March 1866]

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Asks to visit Down on Saturday.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [19 Mar 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5077

From J. D. Hooker   13 May 1866

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Refers to enclosure from Asa Gray

with whom he can talk calmly now that war is over. North had no right to resort to bloodshed.

Startled by CD’s attendance at Royal Society soirée.

Has asked E. B. Tylor to make up questions for consuls and missionaries, through whose wives a lot of most curious information [for Descent?] could be obtained.

Tying umbilical cord has always been a mystery to JDH.

John Crawfurd’s paper on cultivated plants is shocking twaddle ["On the migration of cultivated plants in reference to ethnology", J. Bot. Br. & Foreign 4 (1866): 317–32].

R. T. Lowe back from Madeira.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 71–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5089

From J. D. Hooker   [17 May 1866]

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W. H. Harvey is dead. His loss to science.

Will get a copy of Crawfurd’s paper. It was such trash he tore his up.

His letter to Asa Gray was about his [JDH’s] proof that America will have an aristocracy from interbreeding of wealth, intellect, and beauty; and the lower classes, not having time for politics, will leave them to the aforementioned.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 May 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 75–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5093

From J. D. Hooker   29 May 1866

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JDH sends a list of the principal confirmatory evidences of CD’s theory which he has prepared at W. R. Grove’s request for Nottingham speech ["Presidential address", Rep. BAAS 26 (1866): liii–lxxxi].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5104

From J. D. Hooker   [2 June 1866]

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He is not grieved at CD’s omissions of his [JDH’s] work [from Origin, 4th ed.]. It proves nothing – claims only to be illustration of using CD’s methods.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 June 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5110

From J. D. Hooker   2 July 1866

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Suggests a memorial from Huxley, Murchison, and other geologists on the Gallegos fossils. He will speak privately to Duke of Somerset.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5139

From J. D. Hooker   [24 July 1866]

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Working on "Insular floras" lecture for BAAS Nottingham meeting [see 5135].

Puzzled at distribution of Madeiran and Canaries plants and insects.

Supports Forbes’s Atlantis hypothesis [see 956], which he has reread and to which he will allude.

Wollaston disappointing on Madeiran insects.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [24 July 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 205.2 (letters): 239
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5165

From J. D. Hooker   31 July 1866

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Questions for his lecture on "Insular floras".

Comments on CD’s criticism of Atlantis. Has no fixed opinion on continental extensions. Great objections to hypotheses of CD and Forbes: botanical to CD’s; geological to Forbes’s. Will point out that natural selection is necessary to both hypotheses.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 81–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5168

From J. D. Hooker   4 August 1866

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Alexander Beatson mentions a bird in considerable numbers on St Helena which appears to contradict CD’s statement in Journal of researches that only introduced land birds exist there.

The Azores flora and fauna tell heavily against Atlantis joining them with America and against transoceanic migration from America.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 87–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5178

From J. D. Hooker   [6 August 1866]

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Will do justice to CD’s objections to continental extension theory.

CD misunderstood his question about Isthmus.

Responds to CD’s other points about Madeira and the Azores.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 Aug 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 89–90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5182

From J. D. Hooker   7 August 1866

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Is attempting to sum up the two theories impartially and must raise all the difficulties with each. More on his differences with CD.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 91–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5183

From J. D. Hooker   9 August 1866

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More on continental extension vs transport [or migration] hypothesis. New questions raised. On Madeira, why were insects and plants changed so much, birds hardly at all?

Erratic boulders of the Azores.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Aug 1866
Classmark:  DAR 102: 94–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5186

From J. D. Hooker   [17 August 1866]

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Hopes to arrive with MS of "Insular floras" on Saturday.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Aug 1866]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5191
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