To George Henslow 12 June 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Henslow.
I have read over your Proofs, & have appended some criticisms.—2 I think your paper will do good by calling attention to subject. Several sentences appear to me to require making clear.—
It would really be of no use, I shd. prefer your not stating that I had read over the proofs, as it makes me to certain extent responsible; & I am not sure that I shd agree with all.3
I shd be much obliged if you would inform me, whether Naudin does really say that ovules (not seed) of Hybrid Luffa & Cucumis are imperfect.—4
Kindly tell me when the books are sent to 6. Queen Anne St & be so good as to direct them plainly.5 If sent there on Thursday morning I could get one of my servants who will be in London to call for them— But do not send them, if not finished with.—
In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Returns proofs of GH’s paper ["On hybridization among plants", Pop. Sci. Rev. 5 (1866): 304–13] with his criticisms. Prefers that GH not state that CD has read the proofs.
Does C. V. Naudin really say that ovules (not seed) of hybrid Luffa and Cucumis are imperfect?