Regrets sending his MS missing two pages.
Has proofs of his paper on the monoecious spikes of maize [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 213–20].
J. H. Balfour objected to notion of maize descent from a hermaphrodite.
Reading of JS's paper on Selaginella hybrid [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 2d ser. 19 (1864): 192–9] deferred until March. Believes it is first example of experimentally produced hybridity in higher cryptogams.
Edinburgh | Botanic Gardens
I duly received your notes of the 6
I am sorry to hear that two pages have been missed; from the
trouble it will have given you searching &c.— The omission may have
been on my part, as I only hurriedly ran over the pages before posting: but I had done
so previously with care and satisfied myself that all was right: and now I cannot lay my
hands on the missing pages. I have however succeeded in filling up the hiatus from the
papers I have by me. It may require some little corrections but I will easily manage
this when proofs are sent. I have now to express my regrets for the further trouble
their loss has incurred; and state that by this they are—I hope—in
the hands of M
I will feel myself highly honoured, and deeply obliged by your succeeding in getting me elected an Associate of the Linn. Soc. It is I can assure you an honour of which I had no expectation. I have you to thank for it however, as I know full well that it is a result of the kind interest you have taken in me. Whether the regulations of the Society should be stringently enforced or not, they are not over-exacting: certainly one would be unworthy of the honour, if not at least having one communication in the course of 3 years. Rest assured that if my name was once entered, I will do my best to retain it; and not prove myself unworthy of your proposing.
I have just got proofs of my paper on the Monoicous Spikes of Maize; when finally printed I will send you copies. Prof. Balfour—as might have been expected—opposed that portion of it in which I considered the occurrence of such phenomena as indicative of descent from an hermaphrodite progenitor
I had a paper ready for communicating at the last Meeting of the Bot. Soc. on the Sexuality of the Higher Cryptogams, with a notice of a Hybrid Selaginella. But from a long communication before it on our list mine was deferred until the March Meeting. The hybrid plant has satisfied all that I have shown it to. I believe it is the first illustration from the Higher Cryptogams, i.e. the result of direct experiment.
I sincerely hope your health is still improving: and with most sincere thanks for your kindness. | I remain | Sir | Yours most respectfully | J. Scott
- f1 4386.f1Scott mistakenly wrote 12 January; the date February 1864 is established by the relationship between this letter and the letters to John Scott, 6 February  and 9 February .
- f2 4386.f2Letter to John Scott, 6 February  and letter to John Scott, 9 February .
- f3 4386.f3Scott refers to Scott 1864a. See letter to John Scott, 9 February , n. 3.
- f4 4386.f4See letter to John Scott, 9 February  and n. 2.
- f5 4386.f5Scott refers to Richard Kippist and to CD's instructions in the preceding letter.
- f6 4386.f6See letter to John Scott, 9 February  and nn. 5--9.
- f7 4386.f7See letter to John Scott, 9 February  and nn. 8 and 9.
- f8 4386.f8Scott refers to Scott 1863b (see letter from John Scott, 7 January  and nn. 12 and 13, and enclosure 2).
- f9 4386.f9John Hutton Balfour was opposed to CD's theory of descent (see letter from John Scott, 7 January  and n. 14).
- f10 4386.f10Scott's paper (Scott 1864c) was read at a meeting of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh on 10 March 1864.
- f11 4386.f11After `numerous experiments', Scott believed he had produced the first hybrid cryptogam; by mixing the microspores of one species of the club-moss Selaginella with the macrospores (now called megaspores) of what he argued was another species of the same genus, he crossed the two plants (Scott 1864c, p. 195). See also Correspondence vol. 10, letter from John Scott, 17 December .