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From J. D. Hooker   20 May 1868



Trip with Huxley was perfect.

At Torquay later he had a lecture on "Kent’s hole" from Joseph Pengelly.

George Bentham acknowledges himself unreservedly a convert to Darwinism. Many will still cling to a "rag of protection, but will eventually haul it down".

A. Murray’s later parts better than first [? Geographical distribution of mammals (1866)].

Wallace’s paper shows great ability.

Disgusted with [Duke of Argyll’s] Reign of law.

His depression and exhaustion.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 210–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6189

To J. D. Hooker   [20 May 1868]


Encloses grass from locust dung sent from Natal. Asks for name of grass.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [20 May 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 68
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6190

To J. D. Hooker   21 May [1868]


JDH too severe on Duke of Argyll.

Pities JDH on [BAAS] address [see 6099]; Huxley feels JDH will do well and will not pity him.

Thinks Huxley will give an excellent and original lecture on geographical distribution of birds.

Has been working hard on sexual selection and correspondence about it.

Mignonette is sterile with its own pollen but any two distinct plants are fertile together. It is utterly mysterious and not even Pangenesis will explain it.

On Lyell’s book [Principles, 10th ed.].

Wallace’s wonderful cleverness, but he is not cautious enough. CD differs from Wallace on birds’ nests and protection.

A. Murray’s miserable criticism of Wallace [J. Travel & Nat. Hist. 1 (1868): 137–45].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  21 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 62–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6196
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