From George Henslow [13 or 14 June 1866]1
10 South Crescent | Bedford Sq | W.C.
My dear Mr Darwin,
Very many thanks for your kindness in looking over the proof & for your valuable criticisms.1
I cannot make out however, whether you believe in the fact of reversion.—2 Of course on the whole of this subject, I personally have no opinion to offer at all: as I am simply endeavouring to arrive at the present position of the subject from various authors:—& as to reversion, came to the conclusion stated in my paper, from the various works on the subject. If however you think it a fact, I will modify my statets. accordingly (without, of course, alluding to you)
I should be much obliged, however, if you would kindly give me your positive opinion on that point: as it is a very important one, since it is the one Naudin especially observed.3
the 3 passages you marked as “obscure” oddly enough, were all quotations from Berkeleys Translations in Journal of Hort: Soc: Jan/66 I have endeavoured to elucidate them, as far as I can.4
I have felt immense difficulty in drawing up this paper, as I have not had a scrap of experience of my own—so that I greatly feared it would be defective, yet, as you kindly suggest, if it call attention to the subject that is all I can desire or wish to expect.—5
If you would give me yr opinion on “reversion” as soon as possible I will be much obliged.
I have looked at Naudin’s remarks on “ovules”. & find it to be correct— Offered, however, as a matter to be provd. (p 181–2: in Nouvelles recherches sur l’hybridite)6
Yrs truly | G Henslow
Thanks for criticism of proofs of his paper [see 5117].
Not sure whether CD believes in reversion and would like a positive statement as this is the one point C. V. Naudin especially observed. Naudin offers his remarks on ovules as a matter to be proved ["Nouvelles recherches sur l’hybridité", Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 1 (1865): 25–176].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5120,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5120