RECORD: Hooker, Joseph Dalton. 1882.04.29. Letter to William Erasmus and George Howard Darwin. CUL-DAR215.10j. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. Corrections by Anne Secord 4.2022. RN3

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

Hooker, J. D. ed. 1885. Index Kewensis: an enumeration of the genera and species of flowering plants from the time of Linnaeus to the year 1885 inclusive together with their authors names, the works in which they were first published, their native countries and their synonyms: compiled at the expense of the late Charles Robert Darwin under the direction of Joseph D. Hooker.


April 29/82

My dear William & George

Your kind letter has indeed as much surprised as affected me, & I do not know how to express myself under the pressure of feelings that have been so keenly tried during the past 10 days, & which the expressions in the "will" of my beloved friend have so soothed & calmed.

That one who we all felt towered so high above us all should have thought so lovingly of both Huxley & myself


has strengthened that brotherly love that for so many years bound us together, to your father, & his family.

The noble gift – he has made me shall be reserved for some special expenditure, which will enable me to couple his name & memory with it.

The Catalogue which Botanists will owe to his devotion & liberality is progressing most satisfactorily; & I will soon send a statement of progress

I will take care to inform you when the next payments are to be made

I could not for a long time reconcile myself to the burial in the Abbey – though I could not but see & feel that it was the right thing; & I did not find the service such a trial as I did Lyell's & the Dean's. True enough the circumstance were different & personal feelings were not strung so high on those occasions; but on the other I thought the service altogether better, & the music more calming.

I do hope my dear friends


though the coupling link which first united us all is gone, from our eyes, it is, as ever, present to our minds, & stronger than ever; & that I may be as privileged a guest at Down as of old.

Pray say everything you can think of for us to your mother, & I do hope we were right in hoping that you will still have Down as you common home – I shall look forward to going there again with unalloyed pleasure – chastened but not saddened.

Ever my dear fellows

Affectionly yrs


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