From J. D. Hooker [6–11 December 1860]1
Royal Gardens Kew
Ed I.1 P. 9. Is the term Sport confined to buds & offsets. If so, they must necessarily be rare under nature.2 p. 18. Many people have remarked that the Quarterly so disposed of Horner’s pottery dating that they wonder you should quote it.—3 I know nothing. p. 19. Bottom of page. I suppose you know that a Greyhound will run a Scotch Terrier. p. 29. I think the “explanation” of the Gardeners disbelief, is more due to want of reversion, & the fact that all future varieties wander still further from the wild apple. p. 58. Bottom. “Finally x x x &c”— this is very unclear, though I see the meaning p. 109. Middle of page. “Each area is already fully stocked”— 110 at top. “No region is as yet fully stocked”— p. 132. Forbes’ & Gould’s statements are repeated in next page. p. 193. replace h by c & read ‘Matteucci p. 197. Is not the Bamboo here alluded to a Palm? 219 “Slaves carry masters” 221 “Masters carry slaves.” 353. Perhaps better to say that most Natural Genera “almost invariably continuous in area”—for many of most natural are cosmopolitan. 369 line 17. for “Some few” read “many” 379. An equally curious case is that of a group of several N. Chili species reappearing in N. Mexico & California4 416 It is the position of the rudimental florets of grapes that Brown found so important, not their characters. 459. line 7 from bottom The introducing “which we may consider” is very confusing— ? take out comma before it—
JDH’s page-by-page criticisms on Origin, first edition, as requested by CD for preparation of the third edition.
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3013,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3013