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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   17 June [1875]1

[Abinger Hall, Surrey.]

June 17

My dear Sir

I send by this post clean sheets of above half my book on Insectivorous Plants.2 The remaining sheets will be sent in about 2 weeks or sooner. All is finally corrected. The last page, without the Index, is 453. You will be able now to judge whether the book is worth translation, & please let me hear when you have decided.3 The latter half is, I think, more interesting than the first half, as rather more diversified & not so much in detail, so that much less small type. The book has wearied me much, & has cost me much labour.

I hope that you are fairly well,— when you write please tell me how you are.—

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

My address for next 2–3 weeks will be

C. Darwin

at T. H. Farrer Esq.

Abinger Hall




The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. V. Carus, 28 June 1875.
Insectivorous plants was published on 2 July 1875 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
The German translation of Insectivorous plants was published in 1876 (Carus trans. 1876b).
CD stayed at Abinger Hall, the home of Thomas Henry and Katherine Euphemia Farrer, from 3 June until 6 July 1875 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Sends clean sheets of Insectivorous plants. JVC will now be able to judge whether it is worth translating. The book has wearied him and cost much labour.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Julius Victor Carus
Sent from
Abinger Hall
Source of text
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 143–144)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10021,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23