Correcting proof for CD–Wallace paper. Has begun abstract.
Large and small genera.
King's Head Hotel | Sandown | I. of Wight.—
My dear Hooker
I received only yesterday the proof sheets, which I now return. I think your Introduction cannot be improved.
I am disgusted with my bad writing. I could not improve it, without rewriting all, which would not be fair or worth while, as I have begun on better abstract for Linn. Soc. My excuse is that it never was intended for publication.— I have made only a few correction in style; but I cannot make it decent, but I hope moderately intelligible. I suppose some one will correct the revise.— (Shall I.?)
Could I have clean proof to send to Wallace?
I have not yet fully considered your remarks on big genera, (but your general concurrence is of highest possible interest to me); nor shall I be able till I reread my M.S; but you may rely on it, that you never make a remark to me, which is lost from inattention.— I am particularly glad you do not object to my stating your objections, (in a modified form) for they always struck me as very important & as having much inherent value, whether or no they were fatal to my notions.
I will consider & reconsider all your remarks.
If you would at some future time purge some Floras of stragglers, I would have the vars. tabulated. I remember wishing this much, but thought it was too much to ask, & I had some other motive, but cannot now exactly remember what.
I have ordered Bentham, for as Babington says it will be very curious to see a Flora written by a man who knows nothing of British plants!!!
I am very glad at what you say about my abstract, but you may rely on it, that I will
condense to utmost. I wd
In how many ways you have aided me!
Yours affecty | C. Darwin
- f1 2311.f1CD refers to the letter from J. D. Hooker and Charles Lyell to the Linnean Society, 30 June 1858, which was printed as an introduction to the contributions by CD and Alfred Russel Wallace (Darwin and Wallace 1858).
- f2 2311.f2For CD's alterations, see Appendix III.
- f3 2311.f3See letter from J. D. Hooker, 13–15 July 1858.
- f4 2311.f4Bentham 1858. George Bentham was an expert on temperate and tropical plants and had not previously studied the British flora. CD and Hooker considered Bentham to be a far better botanist than Charles Cardale Babington.