He is vexed that CD has had to write again about the index. He has no excuse except "the nature of the work itself".
26 Dec 1867
My dear Sir
I am vexed to the heart that you should have occasion to write to me again about this
Index.— I cannot plead illness, although as I am
suffering again from the same pain in the back that laid me up in the summer, no doubt
this has impeded my work, but the real cause of delay lies in the nature of the work
itself. I have, as I told M
It is now many weeks since I have left off work until at least between 1 & 2 oclock in the morning, but very frequently, either through being utterly worn out, or from some other cause, I have not got through more than a sheet or sheet & a half of your book in 3 or 4 hours.— This, I hope is the last letter of this kind I shall have to write—
Believe me | Your's very truly | W. S. Dallas.
C. Darwin Esq
- f1 5741.f1Dallas was compiling the index for Variation. The letter from CD to Dallas has not been found.
- f2 5741.f2In his letter of 4 November 1867, Dallas mentioned that his work had been interrupted by illness during several weeks in the summer of 1867.
- f3 5741.f3John Murray.
- f4 5741.f4Variation was printed in London by William Clowes & Sons.
- f5 5741.f5Dallas had previously written that he was completing nearly three sheets (each consisting of sixteen pages) in five hours (letter from W. S. Dallas, 11 December 1867).
- f6 5741.f6Dallas had written about the difficulties of compiling the index, and about the consequent delay to publication, in his letters of 8, 10, and 11 December 1867.