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From J. D. Hooker   [12 December 1859]

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JDH half through Origin. High praise for facts and reasoning.

Lyell told JDH his criticisms: small matters JDH did not appreciate.

Reactions of G. Bentham, J. S. Henslow, and C. C. Babington.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [12 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 137–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2579

To J. D. Hooker   14 December [1859]

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CD’s great satisfaction with JDH’s approval of Origin. The book has been extremely successful. Reactions of Asa Gray, Lyell, Bentham, and J. E. Gray.

Not one friend has noticed his pet bit in Origin: embryology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Dec [1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2583

From J. D. Hooker   [20 December 1859]

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Forwards letter from Asa Gray.

Bentham is very agitated by Origin. CD over-emphasises natural selection. His theory accounts for too much and would be improved by unburdening it of natural selection.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 104: 180–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2589

To J. D. Hooker   21 [December 1859]

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Delighted JDH coming to Down. They will discuss Origin. JDH’s remarks that theory explains too much are excellent, yet CD cannot see his error.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2591

To J. D. Hooker   23 [December 1859]

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Received JDH’s introduction to Flora Tasmaniae.

Criticism of C. V. Naudin’s descent theory.

Asks that Lyell be allowed to see letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2595

To J. D. Hooker   25 [December 1859]

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CD will not write to L. Descaisne to defend his priority over C. V. Naudin.

Feels success of theory depends on acceptance and application by good and well-known workers, like JDH, Huxley, and Lyell.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2602

To J. D. Hooker   26 [December 1859]

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High, detailed praise for introductory essay to Flora Tasmaniae [reprinted as On the flora of Australia (1859)]. CD expects it to convert botanists from doctrine of immutable creation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 33, 30a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2606

To J. D. Hooker   28 [December 1859]

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CD has written to Asa Gray criticising J. D. Dana’s arguments for a warm period subsequent to glacial period.

Remembers it is Alphonse de Candolle who states that many species are not true species.

Did Huxley write the excellent review in the Times?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2610

To J. D. Hooker   29 [December 1859]

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Queries possible misprint in JDH’s introduction to Flora Tasmaniae.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2613
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