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The first series of correspondence available online dates from Hooker's expedition to India (1847-1851) and contains accounts of his pioneering exploration of the Himalayas. In the letters, Hooker writes about the challenges of plant collecting at altitude and in unexplored territory, his imprisonment by the Rajah of Sikkim, and everything from riding elephants to observations on his friend Darwin's fledgling 'species theory', and his own thoughts on plant distribution.

Browse the letters or search for keywords. For search tips and a full list of the Indian letters refer to our guide. 

Guide to reading and searching Joseph Hooker's Indian letters

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