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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. J. Moulinié   7 March [1871]1

Down, Beckenham | Kent

March 7th

My dear Sir

I am astonished & much pleased to hear that you have finished the Translation.2 You must have worked very hard & I heartily congratulate you that your labour is over.— I shall be delighted if it can be published soon in Paris, which I by no means expected. I enclose Proof of end of Index.—3 The book has sold largely in England & I have not as yet been much abroad—4

In Haste | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. J. Moulinié, 3 March 1871.
See letter from J. J. Moulinié, 3 March 1871. The reference is to Descent, which Moulinié translated into French (Moulinié trans. 1872).
The first printing of 2500 copies of Descent sold out within a week of its release (see letter from John Murray, 27 February [1871]).


Pleased that JJM has finished translation of Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Jean Jacques Moulinié
Sent from
Source of text
Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. suppl. 66 f. 19)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7550,” accessed on 17 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19