To J. D. Hooker 5 [March 1858]1
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
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 25 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2235