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To J. D. Hooker   29 [May 1854]



CD "lectures" JDH on taking care of his health.

CD’s pleasure in London trip.

CD and Emma have taken season tickets to Crystal Palace.

Edward Forbes’s "Introductory Lecture" is the best CD ever read.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  29 [May 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1575

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  • … et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Emma Darwin ( …
  • … 1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta …
  • … Sydenham, Kent, took place on 10 June 1854. Emma Darwin noted the opening in her diary on …
  • … filling the enormous building. ’ ( Emma Darwin (1915) 1: 271). The Duke of Wellington’s …

To Philip Gidley King    21 February 1854


PGK’s letter stirred memories of their old days in the Beagle.

Gives news of his work on cirripedes. Would like to examine Scalpellum papillosum of King from Patagonia if PGK’s father has a duplicate in his collection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Philip Gidley King
Date:  21 Feb 1854
Classmark:  Mitchell Library, Sydney (MLMSS 3447/2 Item 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1554A

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  • … p.  539 n.  22). It is described in Emma Darwin 2: 154. Britain and France declared war on …
  • … and Nicholas 1989, p.  133). CD and Emma Darwin had five sons and two daughters. The …

To John Higgins   25 December 1854


Discusses his account. Mentions health of children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  25 Dec 1854
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1615

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  • … 14 to 29 December: ‘Children Ill. —’. Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that Leonard and …

To Saba Holland   4 December [1854]


Thanks for Lady Holland’s kind present. Will only lend it to his sister-in-law and his aunt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Saba Holland
Date:  4 Dec [1854]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (19 January 2011)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1610F

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  • … Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood (Elizabeth) was Emma Darwin’s sister. Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood ( …

To J. D. Hooker   5 November [1854]



Congratulates JDH on receipt of Royal Medal.

CD gathering facts on aberrant genera of insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Nov [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1597

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  • … 3 November [1854] ). According to Emma Darwin’s diary, Fanny Mosley Wedgwood and her …

To Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood   18 [August 1854]


Thanks for writing about E. A. Darwin’s illness. Will never forget the comfort she was [when Anne Darwin died, 1851].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frances Emma Elizabeth (Fanny) Wedgwood
Date:  18 [Aug 1854]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1547

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  • … Library Charles Robert Darwin Down 18 [Aug 1854] Frances Emma Elizabeth (Fanny) Wedgwood …

From J. D. Hooker   [6 November 1854]



Fossil leaves from Disko Island.

JDH to begin working out the botanical geography of the polar sea.

Has not forgotten CD’s request on aberrant species.

Has taken a house on Richmond Hill.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [6 Nov 1854]
Classmark:  DAR 205.9: 385
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1600

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  • … L.  Huxley ed. 1918, 1: 352). According to Emma Darwin’s diary and CD’s Health diary (Down …

To Josiah Wedgwood III   1 May [1854]


About share transfers, involving JW as a trustee of CD/Emma marriage trust.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Josiah Wedgwood, III
Date:  1 May [1854]
Classmark:  V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1028)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1568

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  • … of Quarry Place, Shrewsbury, from Emma Darwin’s ordinary trust fund (set up with the money …

To Thomas Salt   12 July [1854]


Thanks for money paid into his account. Has not received interest payment from Lord Powis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Salt
Date:  12 July [1854]
Classmark:  Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1577F

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  • … Muckleston (1790–1851) was lent £1000 from Emma Darwin’s trust for five years; the money …

To J. D. Hooker   [9 or 16 February 1854]


Has received JDH’s book [Himalayan journals (1854)]. Is very gratified by the dedication to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [9 or 16] Feb 1854
Classmark:  Oliver N. Hooker (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1552F

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  • … 12th, 1854’ (Hooker 1854, 1: [v]). Emma Darwin. CD may refer to a fold-out lithograph, ‘ …
  • Emma says she feels a good share of the honour, & she desires me to give her best love to M rs . Hooker. I wish I felt more worthy of the honour, but I am so far worthy, that I am & have long been, my dear Hooker, your very affectionate friend | C.  Darwin

To J. D. Hooker   10 March [1854]



More praise for Himalayan journals.

How remote was glacial action in Himalayas?

Implies Himalayas were birthplace of many plants.

Final volume of Cirripedia to be printed in two or three months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  10 Mar [1854]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1558

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  • Emma has begun your book. — We here really have kept the Books you lent us for a most unreasonable time, but I hope soon to finish the Salt Lake, & Miss Thorley the Amazons. Certainly it was a most valuable loan of Books. Farewell, my dear Hooker, I hope to feel in the course of 2 or 3 months, when my cirripedes are all printed off, my shoulders light, like yours must now feel. Farewell | Your’s affectionly | C.  Darwin
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