AG is not surprised at popularity of CD's Variation. Gives some corrections for next edition.
Yours of 9
I do not wonder at your book being taken up at once—by the great numbers of people who read & understand it, and
In new ed,—correct 2, p. 227, Florida instead of ``Virginia'' for those pigs of Wyman's. I think you have it Florida in Origin.
You have repeated the mistake elsewhere—later—in the volume, but have not referred to it in your wonderful Index—so I cant turn to it now.
2, p, 30 from bottom, ``in formed for ``informed.''
2, p, 135, ``panicles'' should be ``spikes''
Vol, 1, p, 310, foot
What of Persimmon, Hickory & Pecan nuts, Bimina (Papaw) the best sorts of strawberries,—etc,—Pumpkin—but that probably not N. of Mexico or its borders.
Please send me a copy of the reprint.
My sheets are much soiled & marked.
- f1 5928.f1The year is established by the reference to Variation (see n. 3, below).
- f2 5928.f2CD's letter to Gray has not been found. Joseph Trimble Rothrock was a former student of Gray's who had supplied CD with answers to his queries on the expression of emotions (see Correspondence vol. 15).
- f3 5928.f3The reference is to Variation, all copies of which had sold within a week of publication (see letter from John Murray, 6 February ).
- f4 5928.f4Gray refers to Origin. He had helped to arrange the publication of the American edition (Origin US ed., see Correspondence vol. 8, Appendix IV), and had contacted a publisher regarding an American edition of Variation (see letter from Asa Gray, 24 February 1868).
- f5 5928.f5The information from Jeffreys Wyman about pigs in Florida had been added to Origin 3d ed., p. 12. The same example was given in Variation 2: 227 and 336, but with `Virginia' in place of Florida. Gray's corrections would have arrived too late for incorporation in the second printing of Variation. This correction was not made to the second edition of Variation.
- f6 5928.f6This mistake was corrected in the second printing of Variation.
- f7 5928.f7`Panicles' appears in Variation 2: 105. It is not changed in the second printing, but in the second edition it is replaced by `heads' (Variation 2d ed., 2: 82--3.
- f8 5928.f8CD had written `It has often been remarked that we do not owe a single useful plant to Australia, or the Cape of Good Hope … or to New Zealand, or to America south of the Plata; and according to some authors, not to America northward of Mexico' (Variation 1: 310). This passage was unchanged in the second printing and second edition.