To W. S. Dallas 8 November 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
On reflection I fear you will find it endless labour to give all author’s names in notes.2 So use your own discretion; anyhow most ought to be introduced. You might omit the word “note” in the index,3 as the searcher has only one page to search; & even a word omitted in index is a gain.— When I had strength & made my own index, I used to give every author’s name, but added only 2 or 3 words on the subject on which he treated or species or genus treated of by him; but then I never had such an index to make as this ought to be.4 But as I said before kindly use your discretion & make a good Index.—
Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Suggestions on listing authors in the index [for Variation].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5671,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5671