Darwin requests a clean proof (of his abstract?) for Wallace.
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Transcriber: Darwin Correspondence Project website
Transcription date: April 29, 2015
Scrutiny: 29/04/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
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King's Head Hotel
I[sle]. of Wight
Mr 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[ean]. Soc[iety]. 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 & 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.
Ove sh[oul]d never forget that many of the most flourishing orders will surely in time arrive at their maximum & begin to decrease, & then if my views are right, they will begin to vary less, for the manufactory for new species in this order is beginning to languish. But I will say no more at present.
[] 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 reply on it, that I will condense to utmost. I w[oul]d aid in money if too long. --
I how many ways you have aided me!
Yours affect[ionatel]y | C. Darwin [signature]
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