Under present circumstances [Franco-Prussian War] gives up French translation of Descent.
Down Beckenham | Kent [Bassett, Southampton]
Aug 18. 1870
My dear Sir
I have thought it best to tell you that I have sent the M.S. of mynew book to the printers, & shall receive the first corrected proofsin about a month’s time; but all idea of publishing a translationunder present circumstances will of course be given up.f1 I fear alsothat whatever labour you may have bestowed in preparing the new editionof my Origin of species will likewise be thrown away.f2 The title of mynew book is “The Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex”. Itwill consist of 2 vols of the type & size of my Origin, each containinga little over 400 pages.f3 If you have leisure at any time, I should liketo hear how much you have unfortunately done of the translation of theOrigin.
We all in England deeply wish to hear of peace being reestablishedin Europe.
My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin