WSD is pleased that CD approves his index draft [for Variation]; notes his objection to long list of references under "Dogs" and will try to find a principle for shortening it. He has not indexed all authors' names; is this practice satisfactory?
4 Nov. 1867
My dear Sir
I am much obliged by your kind letter of Saturday, & greatly pleased that you
approve of the specimen of Index sent to you through M
You would probably notice that I did not Index all the author's names cited in the notes, but only those whose statements are actually quoted,—will you be kind enough to let me know whether this will be satisfactory, or whether you would wish all author's names to appear in the Index, with references to all the places in which they occur.—
I will write at once to M
It will be desirable that I should read the first proofs of the Index, & equally so that you should also look over them.—
Believe me, | My dear Sir | Your's very truly | W. S. Dallas.
C. Darwin Esq
- f1 5670.f1The letter from CD has not been found; in 1867, the Saturday before 4 November was 2 November. See also letter to John Murray, 2 November . Dallas had been engaged by John Murray to prepare the index to Variation, subject to CD's approval of a sample (see letter from John Murray, 1 November  and n. 3).
- f2 5670.f2There are forty-six sub-headings under `Dogs' in the index of Variation.
- f3 5670.f3Between 1864 and 1868, Dallas contributed all the reports and abstracts on arachnids, myriapods, and insects published in the annual volumes of the Record of Zoological Literature (Record of Zoological Literature 6 (1870): preface). The title Zoological Record was adopted in 1870.
- f4 5670.f4CD refers to William Clowes & Sons, the printers of Variation.