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:

http://darwin-online.org.uk/pdf/2007_MindtheGap_A544.pdf

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!