To Ernst Dieffenbach 8 April 
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I have just heard that you are in London.— I wrote a few days ago to Giesen1 to thank you very much for your copy of my Journal & to say how exceedingly pleased I am with its appearance & how much gratified I am in my work being thus rendered in some degree known in Germany.—
I also wrote to explain the circumstances, which makes me so anxious to have the plates & M.S. back again, & unfortunately I have not yet received them!
Have you written to Viewig?2 Pray write again— I am sincerely sorry thus to give you so much trouble; but I am sure you will not think me unjustifiable in urging you to write again to Viewig to send the goods to Smith & Elders 65 Cornhill.
I hope you will write to me & tell me your plans & how long you are likely to be in England.
I shd much like to see you: but unfortunately, I was in London last week & have been unwell ever since.
Believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. | Pray tell Viewig not to wait to alter the Plates. I hope, however, there is no cause for writing & that you have taken care to bring the Plates &c with you.
Thanks ED for copy of German edition of Journal of researches. Asks him to write and ask German publisher to return plates and MS.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Dieffenbach, Ernst
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- Hans Rhyn collection (since 1995 in possession of Heinz Balmer, Konolfingen near Berne)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 854,” accessed on 1 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-854