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To J. J. Moulinié   22 February [1869]1

Down Bromley Kent [6 Queen Anne Street]

Feb. 22d

My dear Sir

I am truly obliged to you for your extraordinary kindness in having taken such great trouble in translating the long paper & copying the diagrams. The paper has interested me much, not only in showing so much variation & the effects of selection within a short space of time; but more especially from the variations having been different under different conditions. For of such cases I have very few instances.— I shd never have heard of this paper.—2

My health continues the same; I am always what is called “a poor Devil”; but am able to work for two or three hours daily.—

Mrs. Darwin begs to be kindly remembered to you,3 & with my best thanks pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. J. Moulinié, 15 February 1869.
See letter from J. J. Moulinié, 15 February 1869 and nn. 1 and 2. Moulinié had summarised in English an article by Elie Abel Carrière (Carrière 1869a), published in a French weekly agricultural journal, on selective breeding of wild radishes. CD later received a copy of a revised version of the article (Carrière 1869b) from the author.
Moulinié had visited CD on 31 August 1868 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Thanks JJM for translating long paper [by Carrière, J. Agric. Pratique 48 (1869): 159–67]. Paper interesting especially for showing variation has been different under different conditions.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Jean Jacques Moulinié
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6 Down letterhead
Source of text
Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66, ff. 9–10)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6625,” accessed on 16 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17