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To J. D. Hooker   4 August [1873]

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Starts tomorrow for visit to Farrer and Effie [Euphemia Farrer, daughter of Hensleigh Wedgwood]. Has not done such a feat [i.e., staying as a guest of someone outside the immediate family?] for 25 years.

Has been half killing himself with Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  4 Aug [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 268–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9000

To J. D. Hooker   13 August 1873

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Asks JDH why so many plants are protected by a thin layer of waxy matter or with fine hairs.

Wrote to John Smith for a plant of Oxalis sensitiva, but it has not acted well.

Rejoices over Ayrton’s retirement. Hopes W. P. Adam, his successor, is a good sort of man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Aug 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 270–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9007

From J. D. Hooker   14 August 1873

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Has observed CD’s points. Except for leaves of Nelumbium, would have supposed both wax and hairs were connected with absorption or respiratory functions. May subserve some function connected with rays of sun. Watering most prejudicial in the hot sun: a splendid subject for experiments.

Adam is a good man.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Aug 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 167–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9011

To J. D. Hooker   19 August 1873

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Asks JDH to inquire of gardeners at Kew what they think about injury to plants from watering during sunshine. Wishes to experiment. He is already convinced that drops of water do not act as burning lenses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Aug 1873
Classmark:  DAR 94: 272–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9017

From J. D. Hooker   21 August 1873

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He and Strachey will arrive on Saturday.

Is aghast at thought of being questioned on injury to plants by watering. Fears he will be considered an ignorant Director of Kew.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 160–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9018

From J. D. Hooker   [22 August 1873]

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Will arrive at Orpington by usual train.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [22 Aug 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9021

From J. D. Hooker   30 August 1873

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Identifies three plants sent by CD.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug 1873
Classmark:  DAR 77: 173; DAR 209.6: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9034

From J. D. Hooker   [September 1873]

Summary

Abstracts literature on sensitive plants (Linnaeus, L. P. Cailletet, W. R. McNab).

The Mimosa at Down is M. pudica.

Dichogamy in Eucalyptus difficult to decide, but Thiselton-Dyer thinks there is some protandry.

[Letter is in W. T. Thiselton-Dyer’s hand.]

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 209.6: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9038

To J. D. Hooker   12 September [1873]

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Thanks JDH and Thiselton-Dyer for useful information.

Is surprised Mimosa albida is not sensitive to water. Asks that they try again, or lend it to him.

Remembers a walk in Brazil in great bed of Mimosa.

After JDH left, CD was very bad, with much loss of memory and severe shocks continually passing through his brain.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  12 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 274–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9052

From J. D. Hooker   17 [November 1873]

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Is sending specimens of Eucalyptus;

goes tomorrow to receive LL.D. [Glasgow].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 [November 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 100: 133-4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9054

From J. D. Hooker   16 September 1873

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Mimosa too far gone to send now.

CD’s marjoram is the common [Origanum] vulgare, not the pot herb.

On the water injury, Thiselton-Dyer and he may have used too fine a spray, but plant is insensitive.

Horribly angry at P. G. Tait’s letter in Nature [8 (1873): 381–2].

Tyndall writes that he is strong – the next number of Nature will prove it.

G. Henslow is much better.

JDH leaves for Bradford [BAAS meeting] tomorrow.

Rejoices at CD’s success with Drosera; longs to be at Nepenthes.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 162–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9057

To J. D. Hooker   19 September [1873]

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Obliged for information on Mimosa albida; if a vigorous plant behaves as JDH says, CD’s notions are all knocked on the head.

Anxious to read Tyndall’s answer to Tait [Nature 8 (1873): 399].

Drosera story too long for his strength. Essentially the leaves act just like stomach of an animal.

Burdon Sanderson will give some grand facts at BAAS about Dionaea.

Offers to help JDH with Nepenthes experiments. Finds experimental work always takes twice as much time as anticipated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 277–9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9059

From J. D. Hooker   [23 September 1873]

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Thanks for C. E. Norton’s address.

Tyndall’s answer [Nature 8 (1873): 399] has surprised and disappointed him;

great trouble in announcing Tyndall’s election as President Elect [of BAAS] yesterday. Tyndall may throw up the Presidency. Spottiswoode and JDH have concocted a letter telling him the facts.

A very poor dull meeting. Comments on papers by W. C. Williamson, Clerk Maxwell, David Ferrier, Burdon Sanderson [Rep. BAAS 43: lxx–xci, 23–32,126–7, 131–3].

Has heard Huxley is back quite well.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [23 Sept 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 103: 173–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9063

To J. D. Hooker   27 September 1873

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Had read Tyndall’s letter [Nature 8 (1873): 399] – awfully savage, but certainly a great mistake to print it.

Thinks JDH will think better of Clerk Maxwell’s paper after he reads it.

Asks whether JDH could find out for him the temperature of rain in very hot countries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  27 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 95: 280–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9074

From J. D. Hooker   6 October 1873

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Mimosa prostrata, described by John Lindley as M. marginata, native of Brazil.

Who supplies CD with distilled water and chemicals?

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 169–70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9089

To J. D. Hooker   18 October [1873]

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Hopes to get another species of Desmodium from Mr Rollisson.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  18 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Garden Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873–8 f.3a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9100

From J. D. Hooker   20 October 1873

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Describes work on Nepenthes – more difficult than Drosera.

Has written to Dublin for a Drosophyllum.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Oct 1873
Classmark:  DAR 103: 171–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9102

To J. D. Hooker   [before 20 October 1873?]

Summary

Lists plants in which he is interested, including Neptunia and Mimosa species.

Do any strictly tropical plants have glaucous leaves?

Asks for observations on irritable plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [before 20 Oct 1873?]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (JDH/3/6 Insectivorous plants 1873-8 f.39b)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9107

To J. D. Hooker   23 October [1873]

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Neptunia is evidently a hopeless case.

Good news that fluid of Nepenthes is acid.

No discovery ever gave him more pleasure than proving a true act of digestion in Drosera.

Has become profoundly interested in Desmodium. Asks whether Frank [Darwin] can look over the whole dried collection of the genus.

Has JDH any seed of Lathyrus nissolia?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  23 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 95: 282–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9108

To J. D. Hooker   [before 25 October 1873]

Summary

Suggests experiments to try [with Nepenthes].

Asks JDH to test whether cabbage seeds and peas exposed to the ferment germinate.

Cancel: same as 9523.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [before 25 Oct 1873]
Classmark:  DAR 151: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9112
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