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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. J. Moulinié   4 January 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan 4. 1872

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your letter. I was not at all aware that the headings of the chapters had been printed off. Under these circumstances I wd suggest that you shd print the new part of the new chapter VII as an appendix, & explain the circumstances.1 You could also correct all the part that is not printed off in accordance with the new edition; & the corrections are not very numerous. I hope soon to send you some new sheets; but the printers have been unusually slow over this vol.

As far as I can judge the new part of Chapter VII wd be worth publication in France.2 I hope you will soon have more leisure. Mrs Darwin joins me in thanking you for your good wishes—

Believe me my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See letter from J. J. Moulinié, 1 January 1872 and nn. 2 and 3. Moulinié was translating Origin 6th ed. into French (Moulinié trans. 1873).
Part of the new chapter 7 in the English edition of Origin 6th ed. consisted of modified extracts from chapter 4 of the previous editions; the rest was new. Moulinié had already translated chapter 4 from Origin 5th ed. when CD announced that a sixth was to be published, and he translated the whole of chapter 7 of the Origin 6th ed. as the last chapter in his translation.


Was unaware that chapter headings [of Origin] had been printed off [in French edition (1873)]. Suggests that new part of chapter 7 be printed as appendix.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Jean Jacques Moulinié
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Source of text
Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. suppl. 66 fol. 26–7
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8142,” accessed on 25 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20