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DCP-LETT-2235

To J. D. Hooker   5 [March 1858]1

Down.—

5th

My dear Hooker

I write merely to say that I send up to London this evening D. C.2 I suppose you will not get them till Saturday. Very many thanks for the loan.— The Sections of all biggest genera in each order in the 3 vols. (which include all the least favourable orders) behave as I wish them, but not very strongly.—

Babington with hesitation gives same verdict as you but confines his verdict to very small genera.—3 He really writes a very sensible letter on subject. He never thought of case before, but seems now to have thought deliberately & consulted some Botanical friend.—

Ten thousand curses!

Ever yours | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The endorsement is confirmed by the reference to the letter from C. C. Babington, 3 March 1858.
2
CD refers to the volumes of Candolle and Candolle 1824–73 that he had borrowed from Hooker.
3
Letter from C. C. Babington, 3 March 1858.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2235
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 226
Physical description
2pp

Summary

C. C. Babington agrees with JDH that botanists tend to note varieties more in large genera than in very small ones.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2235,” accessed on 29 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2235

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