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Record number: WCP5321

Sent by:
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent to:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
25 September 1866

Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, Down, Bromley, Kent to Joseph Dalton Hooker [none given] on 25 September 1866.

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20 May 2013 by Chillingworth, Nancy


Darwin states he hopes Wallace's paper on sexual modifications and adaptive mimicry in butterflies will be published.

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LETTER (WCP5321.5865)

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

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Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
MS DAR 115: 300, 300b
Copyright owner:
©William H. Darwin

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Kent S. E.

Sept[ember]. 25th

My dear Hooker

My poor sister still lives, but is dying. It is a great comfort that she has now ceased suffering & does nearly all day long. She wishes poor thing earnest for death, & really death is nothing compared with much suffering. It will soon now all be over. --

Many thanks for two kind notes from you, & for the loan [[2]] of Sering. It will please me much to receive Drosera; not that I am in the least hurry. Can you give me another plant Erica Massoni; for I presume it is not to be bought, being described by Loudon as "grotesque". I see it is said to catch very many insects & even once a Kitty-wren. I want to look at its glands in comparison with [[3]] those of Drosea. --

Have you read or heard of Agassiz's new doctrine that the whole of the valley of the Amazons was filled from Cordillera to beyond mouth of river with gigantic glacier! & that all striae have disappeared owing to Tropical climate!! There never was so monstrous a notion. Asa Gray says he started with determination to prove the whole globe covered with ice for the purpose of destroying all terrestrial productions & thus destroying [[4]] "Darwinian views". He rushed down immediately on his arrival to the Academy, & announced my destruction. --

Talking of my views, did you see a Review in last Gard. Chronicle on the Murray: by Jove if Masters wrote that he is up to snuff, & he will stand much higher than before in my estimation of his powers. It seemed to me very good. -- It hits the nail on the head so truly & so hard & yet so gently. --

[[5]]2 Have you seen Frankland's Lecture on muscular force read before Royal Inn. -- he was so kind as to send it me, & I have liked it very much, though here & there were bits I could fully understand. --

I suppose you are, as usual, very very busy. I wonder when you will find time to finish off your Lecture, & when you will publish it. All your doings at Nottingham seem to have troubled much the good people at Dundee, who dread such infidel doctrines. I hope Wallace's paper will be published; I have seen not even a moderate abstract of it. --

Farewell | my dear old Friend. -- | Yours affect[ionall]y. | C. Darwin [signature]


1. Written in an unidentified hand is "/1866".

2. The remainder of the letter is not available, the text comes from the Darwin Correspondence Project.


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