From Asa Gray 25 February 1
Yours of 9th this moment in. How could I have written “New York” meaning “Philadelphia,” as Rothrock’s address, But I am becoming stupid.2
I do not wonder at your book being taken up at once3—by the great numbers of people who read & understand it, and the 1000s who jump at any thing written by so notorious a writer as you are. The Origin will sell anything,—and I believe people will get more for their money in this book than in even that, if they care for facts—which generally they do not.4
In new ed,—correct 2, p. 227, Florida instead of “Virginia” for those pigs of Wyman’s. I think you have it Florida in Origin.
You have repeated the mistake elsewhere—later—in the volume, but have not referred to it in your wonderful Index—so I cant turn to it now.5
2, p, 30 from bottom, “in formed for “informed.”6
2, p, 135, “panicles” should be “spikes”7
Vol, 1, p, 310, foot
What of Persimmon, Hickory & Pecan nuts, Bimina (Papaw) the best sorts of strawberries,—etc,—Pumpkin—but that probably not N. of Mexico or its borders.8
Please send me a copy of the reprint.
My sheets are much soiled & marked.
AG is not surprised at popularity of CD’s Variation. Gives some corrections for next edition.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5928,” accessed on 28 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5928