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Letter 888

Darwin, C. R. to Dieffenbach, Ernst

[before 9 July 1845]

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    "It is evident that you have not time now to pay me a visit, & indeed as Mrs Darwin is in daily expectation of her confinement I could hardly have asked you … When I saw your name & that of many other naturalists at Cambridge, I wished much to have been there; but my strength so often fails me, that I expected more mortification than pleasure …

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    I should have liked to have heard the Crater-of-Elevation discussion; after having read both sides, I cannot subscribe to that view; but I think there remains something unexplained about those many vast circular volcanic ruins …

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    I presume it is very unprobable [sic] that there will ever be a second German Edition of my Journal … I have largely condensed, corrected & added to the Second English Edition, & I am sure have considerably improved & popularised it".

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– ‘… It is evident that you have not time now to pay me a visit, & indeed as Mrs. Darwin is in daily expectation of her confinement I could hardly have asked you …

When I saw your name & that of so many other naturalists at Cambridge, I wished much to have been there; but my strength so often fails me, that I expected more mortification than pleasure …

I should have liked to have heard the Crater-of-Elevation discussion; after having read both sides, I cannot subscribe to that view; but I think there remains something unexplained about those many vast circular volcanic ruins …

I presume it is very unprobable that there will ever be a second German Edition of my Journal … I have largely condensed, corrected & added to the Second English Edition, & I am sure have considerably improved & popularised it …'

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    f1 888.f1
    George Howard Darwin was born on 9 July 1845.
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    f2 888.f2
    The British Association met in Cambridge in June 1845. Dieffenbach read a paper on the geology of New Zealand, see Report of the 15th meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science held at Cambridge in 1845 Transactions of the sections, p. 50.
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    f3 888.f3
    For a report of the discussion see Athenæum, no. 923, 5 July 1845, pp. 675–6.
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    f4 888.f4
    A new translation by Julius Victor Carus was published by Schweizerbart, Stuttgart, in 1875 (Freeman 1977, no. 189).
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