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To J. D. Hooker   [1 April 1864]

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Proposes to support John Scott in research on relative fertility and self-incompatibility of plants. CD would pay him for a year or two but wants JDH to give him research facilities at Kew.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [1 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 226a–b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4444

From J. D. Hooker   [2 April 1864]

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JDH explains why he cannot take Scott on at Kew.

John Tyndall cannot answer CD’s questions on glaciers. Edward Frankland’s ignorance. In JDH’s opinion, heaviness of winter snowfall is the greatest element in size of glaciers and this is a function of low mean temperature. Discusses descent of glaciers.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [2 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 198–200, 203; DAR 104: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4445

From J. D. Hooker   [4 April 1864]

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JDH has written to J. H. Balfour for a character reference for John Scott.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [4 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 202
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4448

To J. D. Hooker   5 April [1864]

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Sees difficulty of placing Scott at Kew. Suspects Balfour is prejudiced because Scott is a Darwinian.

CD’s former letter on Clematis [4403] blundered; work now being revised.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  5 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 227a–c
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4450

From J. D. Hooker   6 April 1864

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J. H. Balfour gives Scott excellent character reference, but says he is unfit either to superintend or be subordinate.

Herbert Spencer’s review of J. M. Schleiden is interesting [see 4457].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 204–5; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Directors’ Correspondence English letters Balfour 1866–1900 vol. 78: 311)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4452

To J. D. Hooker   7 April [1864]

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CD apologises for having asked JDH to help him with Scott and now seeks advice on how to break the news.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  7 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 228
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4455

From J. D. Hooker   8 April 1864

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Men of Scott’s Celtic temperament are very troublesome. Tries to dissuade CD from hiring him as a scientific gardener.

George Rolleston, not Spencer, wrote review of Schleiden [Nat. Hist. Rev. (1864): 187–99].

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 206–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4457

To J. D. Hooker   13 April [1864]

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CD has told Scott not to hope for help from JDH.

Health improving.

Hopes to write Lythrum paper soon.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 229
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4461

To J. D. Hooker   19 [April 1864]

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Another plea to take Scott on at Kew. Emma begs CD not to employ him at Down.

Has just received a long article on the Origin from D. J. Brown, an Edinburgh baker [see 4464].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  19 [Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4468

From J. D. Hooker   20 April 1864

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Again refuses to help Scott as "unfitted" to make his way in the world. Scott is unwilling to take his part in the "struggle for life", unlike Tyndall, Faraday, Huxley, and Lindley, who established themselves. Scott’s work is not science, but "scientific horticulture".

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 208–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4469

To J. D. Hooker   25 April [1864]

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CD thinks JDH takes a hard view of Scott’s character, but will not argue further.

Leersia.

Working on homomorphic and heteromorphic crosses in Primula.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  25 Apr [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4471

From J. D. Hooker   [26 or 27 April 1864]

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JDH on John Scott.

Curious about the rationale of pollen prepotence.

Working on variation in New Zealand flora.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 or 27] Apr 1864
Classmark:  DAR 101: 214–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4472

From J. D. Hooker   [after 28 April 1864]

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Forwards a letter from H. W. Bates to JDH announcing HWB’s appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 28 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 101: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4474

From Emma Darwin to J. D. Hooker   [28 April 1864]

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Emma prepares JDH for his visit to Wedgwood factory and Barlaston.

Author:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [28 Apr 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 232
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4473
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