Thanks for reading paper. Accepts CD's criticisms; discussion of some points.
Ten thousand thanks my dear Darwin for the most ungracious of all offices executed & in the most gracious manner. I do not think we have much to quarrell about.
Confound the Compositæ; I do declare & maintain that, for the largest order in the world & the most ubiquitous, its individual species are less ubiquitous than they should be. I have been a dozen times at my wits' end (thank goodness it's not far to go) for expressive language— It is not that the Comp. have not many widely spread species but no great proportion of them in comparison to the bulk of the order.
I have remodelled the obnoxious sentence on props. of gen to sp. please return the enclosed if approved Ratios are most deceiving in Botany: plants are so much more widely dispersed than land animals, that small numerical differences must be received with thankful hearts. Also the prop. of gen. to sp. amongst all plants is only as 1:4: which latter figure diminishes with the area.
I have mesmerised the sentence about affinity between Juan F. &
Eheu the ugly sentence on the division of the plants. W. Indies Botanically speaking includes Panama: & I have put it in so; I used only the shortest sentences to avoid periphrasis, my besetting sin. How to get in Mexicos including [lowld] &c &c &c under three breaths passes me, however here it goes & the L. Soc. may gasp till the windows are opened. I have also capsized or distorted the sentence to give prominence to your dear altered species:
I am thoroughly horrified at your not comprehending the table, but not believe me in
the smallest surprized: of all the crabbed papers it is the crabbeddest: & how
you got so far with any powers of comprehension left is the wonder. The
The third column cannot be 96–15; because 15 indicates those
“confined to group but found likewise on other Islets”: whereas
- f1 1032.f1The Tuesday before Hooker read the first part of his paper (J. D. Hooker 1846) to the Linnean Society on 1 December 1846.
- f2 1032.f2In his previous letter CD suggested that Hooker explain more fully his Mexican type by ‘including temperate or dry or highland *parts of both [interl] Americas’. Accordingly, in J. D. Hooker 1846, Hooker remarks that the Mexican type includes ‘those whose nearest allies belong to Mexico or the higher levels in Columbia, or to the lower latitudes of the Southern United States, California or Chili’ (p. 250).