To Jean Jacques Moulinié 18 August 1870
Down Beckenham | Kent [Bassett, Southampton]
Aug 18. 1870
My dear Sir
I have thought it best to tell you that I have sent the M.S. of my new book to the printers, & shall receive the first corrected proofs in about a month’s time; but all idea of publishing a translation under present circumstances will of course be given up.1 I fear also that whatever labour you may have bestowed in preparing the new edition of my Origin of species will likewise be thrown away.2 The title of my new book is “The Descent of Man & Selection in relation to Sex”. It will consist of 2 vols of the type & size of my Origin, each containing a little over 400 pages.3 If you have leisure at any time, I should like to hear how much you have unfortunately done of the translation of the Origin.
We all in England deeply wish to hear of peace being reestablished in Europe.
My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Under present circumstances [Franco-Prussian War] gives up French translation of Descent.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Moulinié, J. J.
- Sent from
- Bassett Down letterhead
- Source of text
- Bibliothèque de Genève (BGE, Ms. suppl. 66, ff. 16–17)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7304,” accessed on 24 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7304