To J. V. Carus 16 July 1872
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
July 16 1872
My dear Sir
I am sorry to hear of the illness in your family, which is the greatest misery a man can suffer.1
I am not surprized that you want rest, for no man I shd think has done so much hard work as you have.
My book on expression will be about equal to 400 pages of the same size & type as the “Descent”. I have corrected about half in first proofs, & I will today write to the printers to send me an extra copy of the second proofs whenever I get them. These I will transmit to you.2
There will be 21 wood-blocks & 7 plates printed by the heliotype process.3
Your publisher will have to procure these ready to bind in vol. in London, & the cost of 1000 copies of the 7 plates I conjecture will be about £50.
I am glad you have finished the Origin: I can assure you that Mivart’s book produced a great effect here & in America.
I was induced to discuss at some length the benefit of incipient structures, partly because it gave me a good occasion to introduce many cases of gradation.4
When next you write to yr publisher, will you ask him to send me a copy of your translation of the Descent with one of the Origin, as I gave away the German Descent to Dr Klein.5
Please to remark that I do not by any means vouch that my Expression book is worth yr translating. Very many thanks for yr intended present of the Hist. of Zoology—6
My dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Will send second proofs of Expression.
Glad JVC has finished translating Origin.
Assures him that Mivart’s book [On the genesis of species (1871)] has produced a great effect in England and America. CD has discussed incipient structures at some length because it enabled him to give many cases of gradation.
Asks JVC to note that he does not vouch for Expression’s being worth translating.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Carus, J. V.
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- Source of text
- Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859 Darwin, Charles, Bl. 84/85
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8415,” accessed on 24 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8415