Has sent off last portion of index [to Variation]. Hopes CD will be pleased with it. Will never undertake such labour again. He fears it has been an unfavourable way to make CD's acquaintance. Trusts to CD's goodness not to hate his name for the rest of his life.
Yorkshire Philosophical Society | York
8 Jan. 1868.
My dear Sir
I this morning sent off the last portion of the Index to your
book, & delighted I was to see it slide into the letter box.— I
have seen no proofs yet, but I suppose they will come soon,— I
have a residue of about a dozen or a dozen & a half references
which got misplaced & which must be inserted on the proofs.—
I can only hope that now it is finished you <will be> pleased with it &
think the delay not wholly thrown away.— I also hope that I
may never again let myself in for such another job.— I find the
work was just doubled by inserting references to all authors'
names, as compared with the specimen which I sent you, so that as
regards the relation of labour to remuneration I shall look rather
blank.— And on the other hand M
However, I must trust to your goodness to excuse whatever may have been due to fault of mine, & at all events not ``to hate my name for the rest of your life''.—
With all good wishes | I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very truly
| W. S. Dallas.
C. Darwin Esq
- f1 5780.f1The reference is to Variation.
- f2 5780.f2On the delay to Variation caused by the preparation of the index, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 6 January  and n. 11.
- f3 5780.f3Dallas had initially planned to index only the names of authors quoted in Variation, but had asked CD whether he should include the names of all authors mentioned in the text. CD instructed Dallas to use his own discretion, but added, `anyhow most [names] ought to be introduced'. See Correspondence vol. 15, letters from W. S. Dallas, 4 November 1867 and 20 November 1867, and letter to W. S. Dallas, 8 November .
- f4 5780.f4John Murray was the publisher of Variation.