To Friedrich Rolle 17 October 
Down. Bromley. Kent.
Dear &. Respected Sir
On my return home after a long absence I found the first number of your work; & yesterday I received the second number.—2I suppose I owe this present to your kindness, & I sincerey thank you. I am, I am, I am sory, to say, a very poor german scholar & have as yet only skinned through the first number & turned ower the pages of the second.
I can see that there will be much to interess me in this second number; For I am now writing on “Variation and Domestication”.—3 Will you permit me to say that I regret to see that You do not give many foot-notes with References.
You have conferred much honnour on me, by undertaking the illustration and enlargement of my views.4 You will do excellent service in my opinion by getting the subject more discussed & understood; for thus alone will the truth be discovered. Many who criticise what I have written do not at all understand the subject.—
A new german edition of the “Origin” with a good many additions, translated by the lamented Prof. Bronn just before his death, is either now published or will by published immediately:5 Also a translation of my small work on “Orchids”;6 the last chapter of wich contain some general remarks on species.—
With sincer respect & my best thanks I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | your obliged servant | Ch. Darwin.
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- Darwin, C. R.
- Rolle, Friedrich
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- Forschungsinstitut und Natur-Museum Senckenberg, Frankfurt
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Rolle has done great service by publishing his book [Ch. Darwin’s Lehre von der Entstehung der Arten (1863)].
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3770,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3770