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Record number: WCP5310

Sent by:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent to:
Charles Robert Darwin
17 May 1867

Sent by Joseph Dalton Hooker, Kew, Surrey to Charles Robert Darwin [none given] on 17 May 1867.

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17 May 2013 by Chillingworth, Nancy


Hooker states his favour for Wallace to win the gold medal for biology.

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LETTER (WCP5310.5854)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Cambridge University Library
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MS DAR 102: 163-4
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Reproduced with kind permission of members of the Hooker family

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May 17/[18]67

Dear Darwin

I find I must not go to Down tomorrow, having such sent Smith1 to the country for his health which causes me some anxiety. I must put it off till the Gooseberry Season!--

I go again to Paris at end of month, a good holiday it makes, though the only rest I get is in the [[2]] Theatres. Still the show is very interesting & I have an awful deal to learn in the matter of the plants.

I hear that Wallace & Mueller2 of Victoria are the most likely candidates for gold medal for Biology & am puzzled a little to decide, but I have so very high an opinion of Wallace that I incline to him. His work is so [[3]] very good though -- less than one could have wished.

Do let me know soon how your health is & how your book gets on.

We are all pretty well & my wife is getting about a little.

Ever Yr affec | JD Hooker [signature]


1. Smith, John (1798 – 1888). First curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

2. Müller, Fritz (1821 – 1897). German biologist.

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