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To J. D. Hooker   5 [March 1858]1



My dear Hooker

I write merely to say that I send up to London this evening D. C.2 I suppose you will not get them till Saturday. Very many thanks for the loan.— The Sections of all biggest genera in each order in the 3 vols. (which include all the least favourable orders) behave as I wish them, but not very strongly.—

Babington with hesitation gives same verdict as you but confines his verdict to very small genera.—3 He really writes a very sensible letter on subject. He never thought of case before, but seems now to have thought deliberately & consulted some Botanical friend.—

Ten thousand curses!

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The endorsement is confirmed by the reference to the letter from C. C. Babington, 3 March 1858.
CD refers to the volumes of Candolle and Candolle 1824–73 that he had borrowed from Hooker.


Candolle, Augustin Pyramus de and Candolle, Alphonse de. 1824–73. Prodromus systematis naturalis regni vegetabilis, sive enumeratio contracta ordinum generum specierumque plantarum huc usque cognitarum, juxta methodi naturalis normas digesta. 19 vols. Paris: Treuttel & Würtz [and others].


C. C. Babington agrees with JDH that botanists tend to note varieties more in large genera than in very small ones.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 114: 226
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2235,” accessed on 13 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7