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DCP-LETT-12393

From Samuel Butler   2 January 1880

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Summary

Asks CD for reference to the edition of Kosmos that contains the original of Ernst Krause’s article on Dr Erasmus Darwin. There are serious differences between the translation by W. S. Dallas and the Feb [1879] article by Krause on which CD, in the preface to Erasmus Darwin, says it was based. SB notes in particular that the concluding sentence of the translation, which is clearly aimed at [SB’s] Evolution, old and new, is not in the original. Since readers will assume the text of Erasmus Darwin was written before his book appeared, SB asks for an explanation.

Summary

Asks CD for reference to the edition of Kosmos that contains the original of Ernst Krause’s article on Dr Erasmus Darwin. There are serious differences between the translation by W. S. Dallas and the Feb [1879] article by Krause on which CD, in the preface to Erasmus Darwin, says it was based. SB notes in particular that the concluding sentence of the translation, which is clearly aimed at [SB’s] Evolution, old and new, is not in the original. Since readers will assume the text of Erasmus Darwin was written before his book appeared, SB asks for an explanation.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-12393
From
Butler, Samuel (b)
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London, Clifford’s Inn, 15
Source of text
DAR 92: B65–6
Physical description
4pp & ACCS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12393,” accessed on 29 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-12393

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