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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Max Schlesinger   4 July 1877

25, Upper Bedford Place. W.C.

4. July 877

Dear Sir,

You had the great kindness of allowing me to translate your latest, most valuable article from the “Mind” in the Cologne Gazette.

As the London representative of that paper I beg to express to you my very best thanks for that kindness and to forward to you the two numbers of the “Gazette”, in which the Article appeared.1

Trusting that the translation will meet with your approval, I have the honour to be, dear Sir | Yours most respectfully | Max Schlesinger

Charles Darwin Esq


CD’s article, ‘Biographical sketch of an infant’, was published in the July 1877 issue of Mind. Schlesinger was the London correspondent for the Kölnische Zeitung. The issues sent to CD have not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL; the translation was published in Kölnische Zeitung, 2 July 1877 (erstes Blatt), [p. 3], and 3 July 1877 (erstes Blatt), [p. 3].


‘Biographical sketch of an infant’: A biographical sketch of an infant. By Charles Darwin. Mind 2 (1877): 285–94. [Shorter publications, pp. 409–16.]


Thanks CD for allowing him to translate his paper ["Biographical sketch of an infant"] for the Cologne Gazette. Sends copies.

Letter details

Letter no.
Max Schlesinger
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Upper Bedford Place, 25
Source of text
DAR 177: 54
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11034,” accessed on 1 June 2023,