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Charles Robert Darwin
Sent to:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
15 February 1865

Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, Down, Bromley, Kent to Joseph Dalton Hooker [none given] on 15 February 1865.

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20 May 2013 by Chillingworth, Nancy


Darwin compliments Wallace's papers published in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London and in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society on geographical distribution in the Malay Archipelago.

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LETTER (WCP5315.5859)

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 115: 261
Copyright owner:
©William H. Darwin

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16/Feb[ruar]y [18]65

My dear Hooker

I write again chiefly to tell Oliver not to trouble himself to inform me on Hildebrand's paper in Bot. Zeitung on Pulmonaria; as author has sent me a copy. -- Secondly to tell you not to come here, if you had thought of it, on Feb[ruary]. 25th, as we shall have visitors & this would spoil for me your [[2]] visit. -- Any other Saturday, when you can spare time w[oul]d suit us. --

Can you give me any notion what to subscribe for poor dear Falconer's bust: would 5 guineas be too much or not enough? --

I meant to have shown you a paper by Heer, -- an address to some Helvetic [[3]] Soc[iety]: -- in which he discusses alpine & artic Floras -- he does not allude to your paper, but considers Scandinavia as parent source, from being oldest mountain range --

Wallace has published some splendid papers in Proc. Zoolog. Soc. & Geograph. Journal on distribution in Malay Arch[ipelago]. --

I am ready & skimming through Lyell's new Edit. of [[4]] Elements: it is an astonishing monument of labour, knowledge & clear thought. What a wonderful man he is. -- I wish some one w[oul]d concentrate similar knowledge & labour on a work on the whole science of Botany, excluding of course systematic Botany. I do believe a work of great interest c[oul]d. be made. There is a redundance of elementary Treatises: but a summary of knowledge seems to me much wanted. --

Yours affect[ionally] | C. Darwin [signature]


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