Reference numberRR/8/268
TitleLetter from William Crawford Williamson, to George Gabriel Stokes, regarding a paper 'On the organization of the fossil plants of the coal-measures.—Part XI' by William Crawford Williamson
Date31 October 1881
DescriptionIs surprised at not understanding what the referees wanted. Is amused that the referees condem his verbose style, while commentators in Europe praise his exactitude and clear descriptions. 'On this point I will only add that each man's style is his own, good or bad, and that to alter it materially is almost as difficult as altering the shape of his features or the tones of his voice'. Cannot add reference marks to the illustrations as they have now been printed. Considers the rferees to be systematic rather than morphological or physiological botanists. Considers the referees ignorant to have forgotten his earlier memoirs on the subject. Would be glad to have the referee visit to see his specimens. Is prepared to make minor alterations to the paper, but not conduct a re-write. Regarding the parts of specimens determined to be important or not 'I am more competent to judge than your referees are'.

Subject: Botany, Geology, Palaeontology

[Published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society], 1881
Physical descriptionLetter on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1881.0003 Vol.172 1881
Related records in the catalogueRR/8/264
Fellows associated with this archive
NA3795Williamson; William Crawford (1816 - 1895)1816 - 1895
NA8283Stokes; Sir; George Gabriel (1819 - 1903)1819 - 1903
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