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From J. D. Hooker   24 November 1868



On H. C. Watson’s false and contemptuous criticism of [J. D. Hooker and T. Thomson] Flora Indica [1855].

W. B. Carpenter’s deep-sea dredgings.

James Croll’s last paper ["On geological time", Philos. Mag. 35 (1868): 363; 36 (1868): 141, 362].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 240–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6471

To J. D. Hooker   26 November [1868]


CD thought Watson’s article beastly in its criticisms of JDH. Watson’s criticism of CD was not new or important, but fair, so CD could honestly thank him, adding his regret at what was said about JDH.

Is sitting for Woolner bust.

Has read James Croll on alternation of glacial and warmer periods in north and south, which would remove JDH’s objections to cool period extending to equator.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  26 Nov [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 98–101
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6476

From J. D. Hooker   26 November 1868



Anxious to hear how the Lubbocks take the disastrous termination to their hopes. [Sir John Lubbock was defeated in the Parliamentary election on 25 Nov 1868.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6477

From J. D. Hooker   [28 November 1868]



Is doing a British Flora [The student’s flora of the British Islands (1870)], for students, more scientific and more complete than former editions.

His opinion of Bentham’s [British] Flora [1858].

On Croll’s extension of glaciers – a huge relief to get rid of simultaneous cooling of the whole globe.

Watson’s garbling of passage in JDH’s Flora Indica is unprincipled.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [28 Nov 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 243–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6484
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