From W. S. Dallas 15 January 1868
15 Jan. 1868.
My dear Sir
I have received your kind letter of yesterday’s date, containing what I by no means expected or wished for, namely a cheque from you in aid of Mr. Murray’s bargain.— I do not like to accept this, although under the circumstances it is by no means unwelcome,— the utmost of what Mr. Murray proposed to pay me was £15, & I think you will see by the Index now that it is in type, that the labour bestowed upon it would not be very well paid at that rate.— If Mr. Murray, seeing that the Index is not an ordinary one, should be inclined to make some addition to his original bargain, (if bargain it can be called), I shall ask your permission to send you back this sum of £5.5.-, my gratitude for your kindness & consideration being the same in either case.—1 I am very glad that you are so well pleased with the Index & hope the public may be equally appreciative.—
I have sent my proof sheets to you, thinking that this would save time,— by this post I send 8 pages, & have still 1 sheet to read, which I will finish tonight & forward to you tomorrow morning.—
I send also the following notes for errata in Vol. II.,— Cratægus oxycantha pp. 18, 232, 258, should be oxyacantha; Dianthus armoria p: 90 = armeria; Ipomæa p. 128 should be Ipomœa; on p. 156 is Casuarinus for Casuarius & Grus cineria for cinerea; on p. 168 Œsculus stands for Æsculus; & on p. 300 anastomising for anastomosing.—2
In connexion with the crossing of the Javanese cattle with the Banteng,3 it struck me that there is a curious indication of the same practice in one of Sinbad’s voyages, when he describes a mare tethered on the sea coast, to be covered by a horse which was said to come out of the sea, the progeny being kept for the king’s use.— You will think that I have given too much time to the Arabian Nights Entertainments, but the reference to crossing & selection struck me as interesting—4
Hoping that when next I hear from you I may have better accounts of your health, I remain, Dear Sir | Your’s always truly | W. S. Dallas.
C. Darwin Esqr.
Vol. I. p. 76. Phascochœrus, should be Phacochœrus
Thanks CD for cheque for £5.5.0 supplementing fee from J. Murray’s. Will return it if Murray provides an additional amount. Is glad CD is so well pleased. Sends notes for errata.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5788,” accessed on 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5788