# 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

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

## Summary

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

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2235
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 114: 226
Physical description
2pp