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Letter 2235

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, J. D.

5 [Mar 1858]

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    C. C. Babington agrees with JDH that botanists tend to note varieties more in large genera than in very small ones.




My dear Hooker

I write merely to say that I send up to London this evening D. C. I suppose you will not get them till Saturday. Very many thanks for the loan.— The Sections of all biggest genera in each order in the 3 vols. (which include all the least favourable orders) behave as I wish them, but not very strongly.—

Babington with hesitation gives same verdict as you but confines his verdict to very small genera.— He really writes a very sensible letter on subject. He never thought of case before, but seems now to have thought deliberately & consulted some Botanical friend.—

Ten thousand curses!

Ever yours | C. Darwin

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    f1 2235.f1
    The endorsement is confirmed by the reference to the letter from C. C. Babington, 3 March 1858.
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    f2 2235.f2
    CD refers to the volumes of Candolle and Candolle 1824–73 that he had borrowed from Hooker.
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    f3 2235.f3
    Letter from C. C. Babington, 3 March 1858.
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