To Camille Dareste 23 May 1867
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
May 23rd. 1867
I thank you for your very kind letter, & for the present of your pamphlet.1 Whether or not many persons in France are at present interested in your subject of Teratology I feel thoroughily convinced that the time will come when your labour & that of all the few others who have worked on this subject will be highly valued. Therefore I am glad to hear that you intend to publish a book on this subject. I have read the whole & often consulted I. Geoffroy St Hilaire’s work;2 but no doubt you will be able to correct some erroneous views & add much matter. It will be a great advance if you can explain the precise cause of even a few monstrosities.
I am now printing a book on “The Variation of Animals & Plants under Domestication”, & in this book I add a little to what I have previously said about the Nata Oxen; but I am sorry to say this part is already printed, so that I shall not be able to allude to your instructive case. Hermann von Nathusius states that in Germany calves have occasionally been born with exactly the same structure as you describe.3
My book is being translated into french by Colonel Moulinié of Geneva & when it is published I will do myself the pleasure of sending you a copy; but I suppose this work will not appear till towards the close of the year.4
With sincere respect | believe me, dear Sir | yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin
Praises Dareste’s work on teratology; is convinced that it will be highly valued.
Is working on Variation; will send a copy when published.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5547,” accessed on 26 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5547