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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Enrique Godínez   28 April 1876

Down, | Beckenham, kent. [6 Queen Anne Street, London.]

April 28th 1876.

Dear Sir:

I am much obliged for your etter of April 21th and for the present of your work and the Review.1 I shall be pleased and honoured to have my book translated in Spanish, by which means it may be Known in the large kingdom of Spain, and in the widest extended regions where spanish is spoken. I directed my publisher to send a copy of the Origin by post to you yesterday.2 No fasther authorisation is required than this note. I have nothing to add to the spanish edition, and will only add my sincere hopes that it may be sucersful.

I have the honour to remain, dear Sir, yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The letter from Godínez, the work, and the review have not been found. In January 1876, Godínez had published his literature review of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s play ‘El mágico prodigioso’ (The mighty magician; Revista Contemporánea, 30 January 1876, pp. 471–9).
Godínez’s translation of Origin 6d ed. into Spanish was published in 1877 (Godínez trans. 1877). CD’s publisher was John Murray.


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Gives permission for a Spanish translation of the Origin and wishes it success.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Enrique Godínez y Esteban (Enrique Godínez)
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6 Down letterhead
Source of text
Godínez trans. 1877, p. VIII

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10481,” accessed on 22 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24