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From Joseph Dalton Hooker   1 January 1865

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Forwards H. T. Stainton letter for reply.

Finds many Cucurbita have tendrils with sticking ends.

The "potentiality of so many organs in plants to play so many parts is one of the most wonderful of your discoveries . . . one day it will itself play a prodigious part in the interpretation of both morphological and physiological facts".

Is disgusted with Sabine’s address [see 4708] because of its mutilation of what JDH wrote.

THH’s slashing leader in Reader ["Science and ""Church policy"" ", 4 (1864): 821] – as usual he destroys all in his path.

Encloses letter from G. H. K. Thwaites with a message for CD [see encl].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 1–3; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Directors’ Correspondence 162: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4734

To J. D. Hooker   7 January [1865]

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Has finished long paper on "Climbing plants". Prefers sending it to Linnean Society if Bentham does not think it too long.

For New Zealand flora [1864–7] CD suggests JDH count plants with irregular corollas and compare with England.

Does not quite agree about Reader.

Is Tyndall author of piece on spiritualism?

CD’s illness diagnosed as "suppressed gout".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 257a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4742

From J. D. Hooker   [8–18 January 1865]

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Bentham wants "Climbing plants" for Journal of the Linnean Society, however long [J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1865): 1–118]. Publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society restricts correspondence.

Reader much improved.

Tyndall did write piece on spiritualism ["Science and the spirits", Reader 4 (1864): 725–6].

"Suppressed gout" annoys him as a term cloaking ignorance.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8–18 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 4–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4743

To J. D. Hooker   19 January [1865]

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"Climbing plants" sent off.

Encourages JDH to include notes on gradation of important characters in Genera plantarum or to write a paper on the subject. Has given prominence to gradation of unimportant characters in climbing plants. Believes that it is common for the same part in an individual plant to be in different states. Same may be true of important parts – for example position of ovule may differ.

Two articles in last Natural History Review interested him; "Colonial floras" [n.s. 5 (1865): 46–63]

and "Sexuality of cryptogams" [n.s. 5 (1865): 64–79].

Fact of similarity of orders in tropics is extremely curious. Thinks it may be connected with glacial destruction.

Leo Lesquereux says he is a convert for the curious reason that CD’s books make birth of Christ and redemption by grace so clear to him!

"Not one question [for JDH] in this letter!"

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 258a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4748

From J. D. Hooker   [20 January 1865]

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Cannot come until week from Saturday.

Worked to death by Genera plantarum.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [20 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4749

From J. D. Hooker   [26 January 1865]

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John Scott has arrived in Calcutta and has been given an appointment by Thomas Anderson.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Jan 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4754
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