Mailbag: Hiding balls

Re: “Darwin hides the ball”:

Just catching up on blog reading after summer holidays and came across your posting: Darwin Hides the Ball. For balance I suggest you read and post on the this article from my friend John van Wyhe:

Thanks for forwarding that reference. Darwin’s quote itself doesn’t imply he delayed for twenty years, but van Wyhe is quite correct that the later epigraphers make much out of it!