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From J. D. Hooker   14 [January] 1869

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Oliver overlooked CD’s request about rutaceous flowers. Of precisely which points about the ovules does CD want illustrations?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 [Jan] 1869
Classmark:  DAR 48: A78, DAR 103: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5729

To Joseph Dalton Hooker   13 January 1869

Summary

Sends MS of 13 pages in answer to Nägeli, for new edition of Origin [5th ed., p. 151].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 94: 110–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6550

From J. D. Hooker   15 January 1869

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Criticisms of and suggestions for CD’s draft MS on Nägeli [for Origin, 5th ed.].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6554

To J. D. Hooker   16 January [1869]

Summary

Finds JDH’s comments of utmost value. Answers some questions, and asks new ones. Transmission of variations. Relation of uniformity of structure to natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 Jan [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 112–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6557

From J. D. Hooker   18 January 1869

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Replies to CD’s questions. Advice on use of term "morphology". Is much struck by CD’s idea that uniformity of an organ throughout a group implies functional inutility; the paradox of this position for classification.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 4–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6560

To J. D. Hooker   [22 January 1869]

Summary

No paradox that unimportant characters are important systematically. This view removes heavy burden from CD’s shoulders. Relief that JDH does not object.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [22 Jan 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 114—15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6568

From J. D. Hooker   [25 January 1869]

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Does not fact that characters important in systematics are often of no use, corroborate CD’s view that such characters, if not detrimental, may persist ad infinitum?

Social news.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Jan 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 8–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6608

To J. D. Hooker   8 March [1869]

Summary

Transmits letter [from Fritz Müller].

Has been asked to permit a French translation of Orchids and Journal of researches.

At work on sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 116-17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6647

From J. D. Hooker   11 March 1869

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Orchids translation should goad [French] Academy into electing CD.

JDH will be sent to St Petersburg congress by Government.

Huxley on protoplasm; his address to Geological Society.

Fertilised an Aucuba with pollen of various species. Reports on results.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 10–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6655

To J. D. Hooker   17 March [1869]

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Envies JDH’s Russian trip.

Thanks for information on Aucuba. Urges him to experiment – case "has highest physiological importance, not to mention Pangenesis".

Has heard that Huxley has been attacking views of Sir W. Thomson.

Has received 12 plants of Drosophyllum lusitanicum from Oporto.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 118–20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6666

To J. D. Hooker   30 March [1869]

Summary

Interested in Barkly’s letter about Mauritius. Doubts non-volcanic origin. Urges collection of all forms of terrestrial life to determine whether they are of a former continent or "waifs and strays". He leans to latter view, as snakes and reptiles are different.

Huxley’s address wonderfully "brilliant", but it is a mistake to separate evolutionists from uniformitarians.

Bentham has come out "splendidly" on descent of species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  30 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 121–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6688

To J. D. Hooker   [before 7 May 1869]

Summary

Asks whether in Slavonic races the hair of the beard and head are different colours.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [before 7 May 1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6731

From J. D. Hooker   6 June 1869

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Account of his Russian trip.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 June 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 14–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6776

To J. D. Hooker   22 June [1869]

Summary

The house at Barmouth.

His poor health.

Bentham’s interesting Linnean Society Address ["On geographical biology", Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1869): lxv–c].

CD particularly wishes to know how botanists agreed with zoologists on distribution.

Still thinks isolation more important in preserving old forms than Bentham is inclined to believe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 June [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 134–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6793

From J. D. Hooker   24 June 1869

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Recounts the trip back from St Petersburg – visits to botanic gardens and museums throughout Western Europe.

Pleased that CD admired Bentham’s address [see 6793]. JDH had read it in MS and modified some very heterodox passages about insularity. CD has hit the flaw in it.

F. A. W. Miquel is a convert.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 June 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 18–21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6800

To J. D. Hooker   8 July [1869]

Summary

Simeon Habel of New York has returned from Galapagos. CD has asked him to send any plants to JDH.

Reading Nägeli convinces him that it is all-important to learn all about polymorphic or protean genera for the "Laws of Variability".

New Zealand genera are interesting and have perplexed him for years.

Has read paper on snakes. Thinks it is not fascination but fear that makes the victim fall into snake’s power.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  8 July [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 137–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6822

From J. D. Hooker   17 July 1869

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On reading F. Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin [1869].

Pangenesis.

Agrees with CD on fascination [of snakes].

Huxley is at Comte again.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 July 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 22–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6832

To J. D. Hooker   24 July [1869]

Summary

An article in North British Review by mathematician against Hooker and Huxley and for William Thomson [P. G. Tait, "Geological time", North Br. Rev. 50 (1869): 406–39]. Feels a conviction that world will be found older than reviewer makes it.

Article on "Design" [by J. B. Mozley] in Quarterly Review [127 (1869): 134–76].

Has JDH studied Drosophyllum?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 July [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 140–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6841

From J. D. Hooker   5 August 1869

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Huxley has shown him the jaws of an Anoplotherium brought from the Gallegos by R. O. Cunningham.

Saw Hallett’s wheat crops at Brighton; results of his selection very striking.

Huxley is assembling his Darwiniana papers for republication.

Has written a crushing reply to Richard Congreve ["The scientific aspects of positivism", Fortn. Rev. n.s. 5 (1869): 653–70] and JDH feels "infantine" beside him.

Comments on Sabine’s being offered and accepting K.C.B.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1869
Classmark:  DAR 103: 25–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6853

To J. D. Hooker   7 August [1869]

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Replies to JDH on Hallett; doubts that already improved varieties do not vary in other respects.

The North British Review article [see 6841] is worth reading "scientifically"; it made CD feel small.

Awaits JDH’s decision on affinities of Drosophyllum and Drosera.

Is curious to see proportion of males to females in recent census in India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Aug [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 144–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6855
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