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Letter 3019

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

11 Dec [1860]

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    On JDH's suggestions for new edition of Origin.

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    Gray's Atlantic Monthly articles to be published [in England] as a pamphlet.


Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 11th

My dear Hooker

Sincere thanks for suggestions; some of which had occurred to me.— I will profit by all that I can.—& two or three are excellent hits.

Please tell me soon is it Bamboo or Palm: it grows in your great Hot-house & is used in Java to catch thieves.—

I do not understand what you mean by ``a greyhound will run a Scotch Terrier''.—   Nor do I see, why sports in buds or offsets ``must necessarily be rare under nature''— But these cannot be important points.— I understand everything else.—

I heard from A. Gray this morning; at my suggestion he is going to reprint the 3 Atlantic articles as Pamplet & send 250 copies to England, for which I intend to pay half cost of whole Edition, & shall give away & try to sell by getting a few advertisements put in, & if possible Notices in Periodicals.— A. Gray said he shd. ask you to help, but I have told him that I would gladly pay half cost.—

Ever my dear Hooker | Yours | C. Darwin

David Forbes has been carefully working the Geology of Chile, & as I value praise for accurate observation far higher than for any other quality, forgive (if you can) the insufferable vanity of my copying the last sentence in his note. ``I regard your monograph on Chile as without exception one of the finest specimens of geological enquiry''.— I feel inclined to strut like a Turkey-cock!

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case with your plants: but I shall keep details for my larger work if it ever can be done.—

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    f1 3019.f1
    Letter from J. D. Hooker, [6--11 December 1860].
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    f2 3019.f2
    In his letter, Hooker stated that he thought the trailing `bamboo' of the Malay Archipelago, referred to by CD in Origin, p. 197, was in fact a palm. The rattan or cane palms are armed with formidable hooked prickles. CD changed the text of the third edition of Origin to read `palm'.
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    f3 3019.f3
    Asa Gray's letter has not been found, but see the preceding letter.
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    f4 3019.f4
    The letter has not been found, but see the letter from David Forbes, [November? 1860]. Forbes had recently read a paper on the geology of Bolivia and Peru at a meeting of the Geological Society of London (D. Forbes 1861).
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    f5 3019.f5
    The note is in DAR 115.1: 78E. Although the paper and the ink of the note are the same as those of the letter, it is not clear whether it was enclosed with this letter; since it continues the discussion of points raised in Hooker's letter of [6--11 December 1860], it would appear to have been written at about this time.
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    f6 3019.f6
    The larger work CD envisioned as providing the empirical evidence summarised in Origin was never published in its entirety. CD abandoned the plan after the appearance in 1868 of Variation.
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