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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

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

To J. D. Hooker   2 February [1865]

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Hugh Falconer’s death great loss to science.

His own health has been especially bad this last week.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  2 Feb [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 259
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4762

To J. D. Hooker   9 February [1865]

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Falconer’s death haunts him. Personal annihilation not so horrifying to him as sun cooling some day and human race ending.

His health has been wretched.

Masters has written his agreement with CD’s "Climbing plants".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  9 Feb [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 260
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4769

To J. D. Hooker   15 [February 1865]

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Hildebrand has sent copy of his paper on Pulmonaria in Botanische Zeitung.

How much should CD contribute to Falconer’s bust?

Oswald Heer on alpine and Arctic floras.

A. R. Wallace on geographical distribution in Malay Archipelago.

Lyell’s new edition of Elements. Wishes someone would do a book like it on botany.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [Feb 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 261
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4772

To J. D. Hooker   16 [March 1865]

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Thanks for Thomson’s and JDH’s views on Scott’s paper. Will send it back with advice and explanations.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 [Mar 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 264
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4788

To J. D. Hooker   6 April [1865]

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Asks to borrow Botanische Zeitung (1860) with Friedrich Alefeld on Pisum [pp. 204–5].

JDH should ask George Busk whether he knows a better doctor than William Jenner "for giving life to a worn out poor devil".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 262
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4805

To J. D. Hooker   10 [April 1865]

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Roguery at Kew.

Who wrote reviews of Linnean Society’s Transactions, of Planchon, and of subspecies in Natural History Review [Apr 1865]?

Is rereading Origin for second French edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 [Apr 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 263
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4809

To J. D. Hooker   13 April [1865]

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Strelitzia has arrived

but no books or bottles from G. H. K. Thwaites.

Hopes his own judgment about Origin is as good as Hooker’s about his own papers.

Strelitzia’s neat mechanism for exposing pollen.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 266
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4813

To J. D. Hooker   17 April [1865]

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On Lubbock’s plans.

Visited by Antoine Auguste Laugel.

Guessed right on Bentham’s "Planchon".

Much struck by Thomson’s article on nomenclature [see 4812]; importance of this subject.

Sorry best scientists read so little; few read any long papers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 265
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4814

To J. D. Hooker   [1 May 1865]

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Feels a little better, but sickness continues.

Wants to borrow Robert Caspary’s paper on the union of buds in Cytisus [see 5012].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 May 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 267
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4825

To J. D. Hooker   4 May [1865]

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On FitzRoy’s life and character.

Carl von Siebold’s cases of males and females of gall insects [True parthenogenesis in moths and bees (1857)]. Each sex produced on different plants.

Haeckel’s astonishing case of propagation in a Medusa.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 May [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 268a–b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4827

To J. D. Hooker   1 June [1865]

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Bad month of sickness. John Chapman’s ice bag on spine.

Does not quite agree with JDH about Lubbock’s plagiarism charges. Lyell’s memory must have failed him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 June [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 269, 269b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4846

To J. D. Hooker   [4 June 1865]

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Agrees with JDH on Lyell–Lubbock controversy except that Lubbock’s printed note does not seem to him insulting. Hopes JDH can heal the breach.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [4 June 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 270
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4852

To J. D. Hooker   [17 June 1865]

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Huxley’s capital, witty letter.

Charles Kingsley has written of his interest in "Climbing plants".

Health has been very bad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [17 June 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 271
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4862

To J. D. Hooker   [29 July 1865]

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Was glad to read JDH’s article on glaciers of Yorkshire ["Moraines of the Tees Valley", Reader 6 (1865): 70].

Reader article [6 (1865): 61–2] about English and foreign men of science is unjust.

Lubbock is now lost to science.

B. Verlot’s pamphlet on variations of flowers [Sur la production et la fixation des variétés dans les plantes d’ornement (1865)] is very good.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [29 July 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4874

To J. D. Hooker   16 August [1865]

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Condolences on W. J. Hooker’s death [12 Aug 1865].

His own health is bad.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  16 Aug [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 274
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4884

To J. D. Hooker   27 [or 28 September 1865]

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Agrees with JDH on difference in grief over loss of father and of child. His love of his father.

The Reader.

Politics and science.

Health improved by Bence Jones’s diet.

[Dated "Thursday 27th" by CD.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [27 or 28] Sept 1865
Classmark:  DAR 115: 275
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4901

To J. D. Hooker   3 October [1865]

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Encloses letter [from A. R. Wallace?] about the Reader.

Wants his opinion of a letter from Fritz Müller on climbing plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 276
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4907

To J. D. Hooker   22 and 28 [October 1865]

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Thinks Royal Society’s failure to honour W. J. Hooker may be due to small number of botanists on Council.

Interest in H. J. Carter’s papers in Annals and Magazine of Natural History on lower organisms.

On Wallace; anthropology.

H. H. Travers’ paper on Chatham Islands [J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. 9 (1865): 135–44].

W. C. Wells’s paper of 1813 ["Essay on dew", Two Essays (1818)] anticipates discovery of natural selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  22 and 28 Oct 1865
Classmark:  DAR 115: 277
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4921
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