A correspondent dissents from our suggestion that now it is certainly known that the botanist Borkhansen originally wrote Diclytra and not Dicentra, we ought to go back to the original name.

It seems to us that botanists when they name plants, are not bound to tell why, or from what they make the name; indeed few of them ever do, and at best we often have to guess at the etymologies. If this botanist had not happened to have incidentally, mentioned the " derivation from a greek word" which has no existence, no one would have thought of objecting to Diclytra.

If a man chooses to found a family under the name of Smythe, when he might have said Smith, we must admit it is as good a name as the other, and his successors would be thought trifling to alter all their names because "he ought to have written Smith" in the first instance. To our mind a botanical name that means nothing is as good as one that means much; and as a principle, we favor the law which insists on the "original" name.