To H. G. Bronn 14 July 1
Down. | Bromley Kent. [Hartfield]2
Dear & Honoured Sir.
On my return home after an absence of some time I found the Translation of the third part of the Origin,3 and I have been delighted to see a final chapter of Criticisms by yourself.4 I have read the first few paragraphs & final paragraph and am perfectly contented, indeed more than contented, with the generous & candid spirit with which you have considered my views— You speak with too much praise of my work.— 5 I shall of course carefully read the whole chapter; but though I can read descriptive books like Gäertners pretty easily,6 when any reasoning comes in I find German excessively difficult to understand.7 At some future time I should very much like to hear how my book has been received in Germany & I most sincerely hope M. Schweizerbart will not lose money by the publication—8 Most of the Reviews have been bitterly opposed to me in England; yet I have made some converts & several naturalists who would not believe in a word of it, are now coming slightly round & admit that Natural Selection may have done something. This gives me hopes that more will ultimately come round to a certain extent to my views.
I shall ever consider myself deeply indebted to you for the immense service & honour which you have conferred on me in making the excellent translation of my book.
Pray believe me with most sincere respect | Dear Sir. | Yours gratefully.9 | Charles Darwin.
Responds to HGB’s critique of Origin [appended to German translation of Origin]. Comments on English reviews.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2867,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2867