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From J. D. Hooker   [3 November 1865]

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Kew affairs.

H. J. Carter’s observations are wonderful but want verification.

Skeptical of H. H. Travers’ observations.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Nov 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 43–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4330

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

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

From J. D. Hooker   3 February 1865

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Falconer’s illness and suffering. His great ability and knowledge.

CD’s paper ["Climbing plants"] went extremely well [at Linnean Society]. M. T. Masters and Bentham commented.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1865
Classmark:  DAR 102: 8–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4765

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

From J. D. Hooker   [17 February 1865]

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Why botanists will not subscribe to Falconer’s bust with enthusiasm.

Scott has been offered curatorship at Calcutta Botanic Garden.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [17 Feb 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 10–11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4773

From J. D. Hooker   [27 February 1865?]

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Will arrive Saturday [4 Mar] on afternoon train.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [27 Feb 1865?]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4777

From J. D. Hooker   [10 March 1865]

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Thomas Thomson has gone over Scott’s paper; encloses his conclusions. Not fit for publication in present form. His experiments should have been repeated to resolve his disagreement with Gärtner.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10 Mar 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 13–14
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4782

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

From J. D. Hooker   [7–8 April 1865]

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Reforms at Kew.

X Club Dinner. H. B. Wilson and J. W. Colenso as guests.

Troubled by Lubbock’s going into Parliament – loss to science.

Has written to Busk.

Sending Botanische Zeitung.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [7–8 Apr 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 15–16
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4807

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

From J. D. Hooker   12 April [1865]

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W. J. Hooker is unwell.

Bentham wrote on Planchon ["The ancient and modern floras of Montpellier", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1865): 202–25],

T. Thomson on subspecies ["Species and subspecies", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1865): 226–42]

and Greene of York on ["The Linnean Society’s transactions", Nat. Hist. Rev. (1865): 189–202].

JDH did the leader in Gardeners’ Chronicle [(1865): 267–8, 291–2].

Delighted with CD’s calm opinion of Origin. Has same view of some of his own papers.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4812

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
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