Thanks CD for cheque for £5.5.0 supplementing fee from J. Murray's. Will return it if Murray provides an additional amount. Is glad CD is so well pleased. Sends notes for errata.
15 Jan. 1868.
My dear Sir
I have received your kind letter of yesterday's date, containing
what I by no means expected or wished for, namely a cheque
from you in aid of M
I have sent my proof sheets to you, thinking that this would save time,— by this post I send 8 pages, & have still 1 sheet to read, which I will finish tonight & forward to you tomorrow morning.—
I send also the following notes for errata in Vol. II.,— Cratægus oxycantha pp. 18, 232, 258, should be oxyacantha; Dianthus armoria p: 90 = armeria; Ipomæa p. 128 should be Ipomœa; on p. 156 is Casuarinus for Casuarius & Grus cineria for cinerea; on p. 168 Œsculus stands for Æsculus; & on p. 300 anastomising for anastomosing.—
In connexion with the crossing of the Javanese cattle with the Banteng, it struck me that there is a curious indication of the same practice in one of Sinbad's voyages, when he describes a mare tethered on the sea coast, to be covered by a horse which was said to come out of the sea, the progeny being kept for the king's use.— You will think that I have given too much time to the Arabian Nights Entertainments, but the reference to crossing & selection struck me as interesting—
Hoping that when next I hear from you I may have better
accounts of your health, I remain, Dear Sir | Your's always truly | W. S.
C. Darwin Esq
Vol. I. p. 76. Phascochœrus, should be Phacochœrus
- f1 5788.f1See letter to W. S. Dallas, [14 January 1868]. A payment of £5.5 is recorded under the heading, `Dallas Science', in CD's Account books--cash account (Down House MS) for 13 January 1868. Dallas had been invited by John Murray to prepare the index of Variation. On Dallas's difficulties in completing the index, see the letter from W. S. Dallas, 8 January 1868. On CD's frustration at the delay to publication caused by the indexing, see the letter to John Murray, 9 January .
- f2 5788.f2The errata, including the one in the postscript, were incorporated in the second printing of Variation. Dianthus armoria appears on page 98 of Variation vol. 2.
- f3 5788.f3In Variation 2: 206, CD reported, `natives of Java sometimes drive their cattle into the forests to cross with the wild Bateng (Bos sondaicus)'.
- f4 5788.f4The episode is from the first voyage of Sinbad in the Arabian nights' entertainments, also known as The book of the thousand nights and one night (see Mack ed. 1998, p. 144). Dallas had also referred to the Arabian nights in his letter to CD of 8 December 1867 (Correspondence vol. 15).