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Record number: WCP5326

Sent by:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent to:
Charles Robert Darwin
31 July 1858

Sent by Joseph Dalton Hooker, Kew, Surrey to Charles Robert Darwin [none given] on 31 July 1858.

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20 May 2013 by Chillingworth, Nancy


References Darwin's after notes about Darwin/Wallace publication on evolution by natural selection.

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LETTER (WCP5326.5870)

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Cambridge University Library
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MS DAR 100: 122
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Reproduced with kind permission of members of the Hooker family

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July 31/[18]58

My dear Darwin

You lucubrations have all gone to Press. Busk1, Henslow2 Huxley3 & I all thought that two of your after notes should go to footnotes--1 That your work was not written with care or for publication. --& 2d the capital illustration regarding cotton seeds fibre.4

I warned you that my tabulation of Bentham was very hasty & inaccurate. I introduced discrepancies by 1. Sometimes not always introducing as varieties well known species of Babington quoted as synonyms by Bentham yet somehow not alluded to as vars [[2]] 2. Generally by accident but not invariably enumerating as a variety the species itself as well as Benthams 1, 2, 3 &c.

All these errors tend to favor me & their elimination would I doubt not favor you --I was anxious to put the matter as favorably as I conscientiously could to my views, that the evidence might be overwhelming if the result was still against me. --

Most of the discrepancies are probably careless ones.

I have had several talks with Busk about you.


1. Busk, George (1807 – 1886). A English surgeon for the Royal Navy and comparative anatomist.

2. Henslow, John Stevens (1796 – 1861). An English clergyman, botanist, and geologist.

3. Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825 – 1895). An English biologist and comparative anatomist.

4. Hooker refers to the Darwin-Wallace paper presented to the Linnean Society in 1858.

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