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To Henry Potonié   20 April 1878

April 20th 1878

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your couteous letter.—1

The views of your great Botanist was unknown to me.2 Should I again correct the “Origin” I will introduce the case; but the book is stereotyped, I do not at present intend again to alter it, as I think that I can employ my little remaining strugle best by endeavouring to do some new work.—3

I remain Dear Sir your faithfully obliged | Chas. Darwin.


Potonié had suggested that CD’s historical introduction to Origin might include Alexander Carl Heinrich Braun, whose work, in Potonié’s opinion, had drawn attention to the common descent of species (letter from Henry Potonié, 16 April 1878 and n. 2).
CD did not introduce any further substantial changes into the text of Origin (Freeman 1977, pp. 80–1).


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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.


Thanks for information [about early evolutionary views of Alexander Braun].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Potonié
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Source of text
DAR 147: 249a
Physical description
C 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11480,” accessed on 24 September 2023,