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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   26 December [1877]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Dec. 26

My dear Sir

Owing to the disturbance of our P. Office at Xmas, I received only tonight your note of the 23d.— It is clear that either I or the Printers have omitted accidentally “from a mare”.—2 You are the most accurate of Translators that ever lived.—

I return with much sincerity your good wishes, & may your life long be spared | Yours very truly | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. V. Carus, 23 December 1877.


Thanks JVC for a correction [for 3d German edition of Variation]. He is the most accurate translator that ever lived.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11289,” accessed on 4 October 2023,