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From A. A. Regnard1   8 November 1871

Londres,

Novembre 8 –1871

Monsieur,

Je viens solliciter, sur la recommandation du Dr. Büchner, l’honneur d’etre reçu par vous.2 Ayant eu l’honneur de tenir une plume en France, j’ai eté de ceux qui ont cherché à popularizer vos admirables travaux.

Aujourd’hui, réfugié en Angleterre, à la suite des épouvantables catastrophes dont ma patrie a eté le théàtre,3 je cherche quelque compensation dans l’entretien des hommes, qui comme vous, ont voué leur vie à la recherche de la Vérité.

Recevez, je vous prie, Monsieur, l’assurance de ma respectueuse et sympathique admiration | Dr. A. Regnard

12 Fitzroy square | Regent’s Park—

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix I.
Ludwig Büchner had corresponded with CD and was a promoter of Darwinism in Germany (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from Ludwig Büchner, 9 October [1868 or later]). Regnard had translated Büchner 1855 into French.
Regnard had been a member of the Paris Commune, which was violently suppressed in May 1871 (Hutton 1981).

Bibliography

Büchner, Ludwig. 1855. Kraft und Stoff. Empirisch-naturphilosophische Studien. In allgemein-verständlicher Darstellung. Frankfurt am Main: Weidinger.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Hutton, Patrick H. 1981. The cult of the revolutionary tradition: the Blanquists in French politics, 1864–1893. Berkeley, University of California Press.

Translation

From A. A. Regnard1   8 November 1871

London

November 8 –1871

Dear Sir,

I write to request the honour of being received by you, on the recommendation of Dr. Büchner.2 Having had the honour of wielding a pen in France, I have been among those who have sought to popularise your admirable work.

Having fled to England after my country became the scene of frightful catastrophes,3 I am now searching for some compensation in conversations with men like you, who have devoted their lives to the search for Truth.

Please accept, dear Sir, the assurance of my respectful and sympathetic admiration | Dr A. Regnard

12 Fitzroy square | Regent’s Park—

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original French, see p. QQQQ.
Ludwig Büchner had corresponded with CD and was a promoter of Darwinism in Germany (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from Ludwig Büchner, 9 October [1868 or later]). Regnard had translated Büchner 1855 into French.
Regnard had been a member of the Paris Commune, which was violently suppressed in May 1871 (Hutton 1981).

Bibliography

Büchner, Ludwig. 1855. Kraft und Stoff. Empirisch-naturphilosophische Studien. In allgemein-verständlicher Darstellung. Frankfurt am Main: Weidinger.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Hutton, Patrick H. 1981. The cult of the revolutionary tradition: the Blanquists in French politics, 1864–1893. Berkeley, University of California Press.

Summary

A French refugee and populariser of CD’s work asks for an audience.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8057
From
Albert Regnard
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Fitzroy St, 22
Source of text
DAR 176: 85
Physical description
2pp (French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8057,” accessed on 15 December 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-8057.xml

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

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