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To J. D. Hooker   [4 March 1868]

Summary

Arrangements to dine at JDH’s club.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [4 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13816

From Hewett Cottrell Watson to Joseph Dalton Hooker   1 January 186[8]

Summary

HCW’s criticisms of CD’s theory.

Author:  Hewett Cottrell Watson
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  1 Jan 186[8]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspodence 105 f. 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5077F

To J. D. Hooker   6 January [1868]

Summary

Thanks for plant names.

H. C. Watson a renegade about natural selection. Discusses HCW’s views.

F. Müller’s letter enclosed.

Friedrich Hildebrand’s experiments are splendid for Pangenesis [Die Geschlechter-Vertheilung bei den Pflanzen (1867)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 39–40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5779

From J. D. Hooker   15 January 1868

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Sends a pamphlet by W. R. Greg [Malthus: re-examined by the light of physiology (1868)].

Many Cucurbitaceae have smaller male than female flowers.

Has written to H. C. Watson on the counterbalance [to variation] of crossing and uniform conditions. Watson has forgotten the argument.

Has written to F. Müller on abnormal Solanum.

Does not understand Hildebrand on potatoes.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 47: 193, 195
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5787

From J. D. Hooker   [before 6 January 1868?]

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Discusses Balanophora with conspicuous male flowers and absent female perianth.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 6 Jan 1868?]
Classmark:  DAR 47: 194
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5789

From J. D. Hooker   [25 January 1868]

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T. V. Wollaston’s financial misfortunes.

CD’s son George’s success [at Cambridge].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [25 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 187–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5798

To J. D. Hooker   27 [January 1868]

Summary

Grieved by Wollaston’s troubles. Offers contribution of £100. "How foolish men are in their investments."

Delight about George’s success.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 [Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 41–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5804

From J. D. Hooker   28 January 1868

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Wollaston’s situation hopeless; he must go to Boulogne or Jersey to live. A friend will keep his collection and books together.

JDH’s opinion of Wollaston’s Coleoptera Hesperidum [1867].

Cannot read Duke of Argyll.

CD’s view of Asa Gray as foreign member of Royal Society; compares him to Candolle.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Jan 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 189–190
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5807

To J. D. Hooker   [31 January 1868]

Summary

Royal Society Council would feel bound to vote for Candolle, but privately would twenty times rather see Asa Gray elected.

Asks for title of Wollaston’s Cape Verde book [Coleoptera Hesperidum (1867)].

Supposes JDH has received his letter in answer to Gray.

Has been writing two long papers for Linnean Society [reprinted in Forms of flowers].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [31 Jan 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5820

From J. D. Hooker   1 February 1868

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Amazed that Hugo von Mohl and E. M. Fries are not foreign members of Royal Society; Thomson going over the whole matter.

Candolle’s contribution to botany.

Lubbock shocked about Wollaston.

CD’s answer to Greg was capital.

Comments on Variation.

Charles Murchison’s work on Falconer’s Memoirs [Palaeontological memoirs and notes of the late Hugh Falconer (1868)] and JDH on Falconer.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 191–4; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence 19, f. 200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5831

To J. D. Hooker   3 February [1868]

Summary

Comments on Wollaston’s troubles

and his book [Coleoptera Hesperidum (1867)].

Mohl’s claim to foreign membership in Royal Society very strong.

Has been in despair about Variation – not worth a fifth part of the labour it cost him.

Is reading F. A. W. Miquel’s Flora du Japon [Prolusio florae Japonicae (1866–7)]; wonders whether A. Murray could be correct in his view that an area of the sea prevented Asiatico-Japan flora colonising western N. America.

Comments on A. Murray’s book [Geographical distribution of mammals (1866)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 44–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5835

To J. D. Hooker   10 February [1868]

Summary

Has heard that Variation sold the whole edition of 1500 copies in a week [see 5844]. Has done him a world of good. Pall Mall Gazette has review which pleased him exceedingly [see 5874].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 50–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5856

From J. D. Hooker   13 February 1868

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Rejoices over news of Variation sales.

Pall Mall Gazette review [7 (1868): 555, 636, 652] is undoubtedly by G. H. Lewes [see 5951].

Dinner at Lyells’.

Dean Stanley favours a monument to Faraday in Westminster Abbey.

Perceval Wright is back from Seychelles and reports on plants he collected.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 198–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5874

To J. D. Hooker   23 February [1868]

Summary

Review in Athenæum full of contempt. Is sure Owen wrote it [see 5931].

Gardeners’ Chronicle review [(1868): 184] favourable.

Fears Pangenesis is still-born. Cites Bates, Spencer, Lubbock, and Sir Henry Holland. Is sure Pangenesis will sometime reappear. Questions that are connected and answered by Pangenesis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 52–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5918

From J. D. Hooker   26[–7] February 1868

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Could not believe Owen to be so demoniacal as to write the Athenæum review [of Variation].

Gardeners’ Chronicle review [see 5918] is weak. CD’s ideas on causes of variation may be as hazy as the reviewer’s.

Huxley’s clever remark on Pangenesis. JDH’s view of Pangenesis as fundamental to development doctrines, but nothing is gained by formulation in terms of germs or gemmules.

Tries to answer question on last page of CD’s letter anent sexuality.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26[–7] Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 200–3, DAR 94: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5935

To J. D. Hooker   28 February [1868]

Summary

Does not understand JDH on Pangenesis: on last page he appears to admit all that he regards as mere words on previous pages.

Wallace admires chapter on Pangenesis.

Pangenesis is a comfort. CD gains no idea from words like "potentiality" or "diffusing an influence"; atoms and cells give a distinct idea.

A. Newton told George that Berthold Seemann wrote the Athenæum review

and that Lewis [Lewes] did not write the Pall Mall Gazette review [see 5874].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 55–7c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5951

From J. D. Hooker   [3 March 1868]

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Now quite understands Pangenesis. Satisfaction given by it, as CD says, may depend on one’s mental constitution. In all cases of descent JDH has always thought "all the properties of the parents are transmitted in the one cell and were diffused to every part of the future offspring".

Tyndall believes he feels atoms as firmly as St Paul believed he saw Christ.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 204–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5971

To J. D. Hooker   [26 March 1868]

Summary

He and Lizzie [Elizabeth Darwin] will come to Kew on Saturday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [26 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 58–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6052

To J. D. Hooker   [28 March 1868]

Summary

Defers visit [to Kew] because of ill health.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Wellcome Collection (MS.7781/1–32 item 21)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6062

To J. D. Hooker   3 April [1868]

Summary

Asks for [John?] Smith’s exact count of seeds of the crossed and self-fertilised Victoria water-lily. Similar question on Euryale seed and seedlings.

JDH’s coming [BAAS] Presidential Address.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  3 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 60–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6086
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