To H. G. Bronn 11 March 1
Down | Bromley. | Kent S.E.
Dear & much honoured Sir.
I thank you for your very kind letter received this morning.2 I am surprised & pleased to hear that a new Edition of the Origin will be wanted— The last Edition in England contains a considerable number of small corrections & a few of importance; & I should like to make a few more corrections on clean sheets of the last English Edition which I will send you— I hope the Publisher will employ some one to compare the German Edition with this last English Editn. & make the additions in the new German Edition—3 I am, however at present extremely busy, & it would be a great convenience if I could wait 5 or 6 weeks before sending the English Edition, with the new corrections—4 If I do not hear I will assume that this will be time enough. I have not made much progress in my larger work for I have been tempted away by other subjects— I have however made some progress.—5
In about a months time I shall publish a little book on the Fertilisation of Orchids & on their Homologies,—of which I will send you a copy, as a mark of my sincere gratitude, for I do not suppose that the subject will interest you—6 I may add that if M Schweizerbart should like to publish (but this is very improbable) a translation I would try & procure stereotype plates of the several woodcuts at no expense beyond the casting7 But I doubt whether the Book would be worth translating though it contains I believe some new & curious facts—
I have lately been reading the French Copy (for I find the German very difficult) of your great work crowned by the French Academy—8 I have not finished it, but admire, & am profoundly interested as far as I have gone— I regret deeply that I did not know this book before I wrote the Origin—9
With sincere respect & gratitude I remain—Dear Sir. | Yours truly obliged. | Ch. Darwin.
Pleased that new German edition of Origin is wanted. Wishes to make corrections.
Suggests German translation of Orchids.
Comments on HGB’s book [Untersuchungen (1858)].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3470,” accessed on 29 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3470