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From J. D. Hooker   7 April 1868

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Goes to N. Wales with Huxley.

Wishes to borrow Duke of Argyll’s Reign of law.

The BAAS Presidential Address [Rep. BAAS 38 (1868): lviii–lxxv] – his unhappiness about it; history of botany requires too much reading.

Smith will supply notes on Euryale.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 208–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6099

From J. D. Hooker   20 May 1868

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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]

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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]

Summary

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

From J. D. Hooker   5 June 1868

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Horrified to find he has forgotten to announce birth of daughter.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 214–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6231

To J. D. Hooker   6 June [1868]

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Congratulations on birth of daughter. CD used to dread birth-time.

Sexual selection has turned out to be a large subject.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  6 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 69–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6233

To J. D. Hooker   15 [June 1868]

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Sends second lot of grass grown from locust dung pellets from Natal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6243

From J. D. Hooker   16 June 1868

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Will get name of grass [see 6243] from Gen. William Munro.

Has heard from Charles Wheatstone that CD has Prussian Order of Merit. Rejoices because it is the only distinction worth a fig.

Went to Handel festival; heard Messiah.

Went to poor old N. B. Ward’s funeral.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 216–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6247

To J. D. Hooker   17 [June 1868]

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On Pour le Mérite; JDH has made him think more highly of it.

Messiah is the one thing he would like to hear again, but thinks his soul might be too dried up now to appreciate it. Sometimes hates science for making him "a withered leaf" for everything else.

Frank [Darwin] now doing botany seriously.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 [June 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 72–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6248

From J. D. Hooker   22 June 1868

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The grass [see 6243] is Sporobolus elongatus, common in the tropics.

Visit to Oxford with X Club.

On his forthcoming address.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 June 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 218–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6254

To J. D. Hooker   24 June [1868]

Summary

Thanks for name of grass.

Plans to go to Isle of Wight on 17 July.

Frank cannot come to Kew, as he will be reading this long vacation at Cambridge.

Delighted with Bentham’s Presidential Address [Linnean Society, 1868].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 June [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 74–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6259

From J. D. Hooker   12 July [1868]

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Sketches out subjects he intends to speak on at Norwich [BAAS meeting]: museums, CD’s work in botany, Pangenesis, early history of mankind.

Asks about CD’s "book on man" [Descent].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 July [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 220–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6272

To J. D. Hooker   14 July 1868

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Thinks JDH would be wise not to touch on Pangenesis; it has very few friends. Bentham is doubtful, Carus against, and Alphonse de Candolle likes it least in the book. CD still convinced it will be hereafter looked on as "best hypothesis of generation inheritance & development". If JDH means to cut up Pangenesis he has no word to say in opposition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 94: 76–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6276

To J. D. Hooker   [18 July 1868]

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Looks forward to seeing JDH and hearing about address.

Feels better already.

Disappointed in house [they have taken at Freshwater].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [18 July 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 78–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6279

From J. D. Hooker   25 July 1868

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Asks for information on how many languages Origin has appeared in, how many English and American editions it has gone through, and its reception abroad. Wants to disprove statement that the theory is "fast passing away".

Baby ill, scarcely any hope of recovery.

Some botanical books have come for CD.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 225–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6288

To J. D. Hooker   28 July [1868]

Summary

Sorry to hear of baby’s illness.

Comments on statement that belief in natural selection is passing away. Common descent of species is almost universally accepted now, and this is more important. In large part acceptance is due to Origin. Discusses reception of and interest in Origin in various countries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 July [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 80–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6292

From J. D. Hooker   29 July 1868

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Thanks for information in CD’s letter.

Baby has been ill.

Has finished rough sketch of [BAAS] address.

Has got G. H. Richard to take Geographical Section at Norwich meeting.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 222–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6296

From J. D. Hooker   6 August 1868

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Coming on Saturday.

Baby and wife pretty well.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 102: 224
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6307

To J. D. Hooker   17 [August 1868]

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Enjoyed JDH’s visit.

Mrs Cameron’s photograph of JDH is grand.

Has heard J. V. Carus will be at Norwich. Suggests JDH mention that Origin was translated by two distinguished naturalists, H. G. Bronn and Carus.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  17 [Aug 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 83–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6321

To J. D. Hooker   19 August 1868

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Asks JDH to obtain from Sven Nilsson information on whether, in reindeer species in which both sexes are horned, the horns are first developed earlier or later than in species in which males alone have horns.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Aug 1868
Classmark:  Lund University Library Special Collections (Sven Nilsson papers)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6324
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