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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   23 September 1878

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

Sep 23. 78

My dear Sir,

It is a mistake that either I or my son Francis intends publishing on inheritance.1 We have been at work for more than a year on some physiological work with plants but I daresay shall print nothing for a year to come. Whenever we do begin to print, proof sheets shall be sent, & you can then settle about translation.2

I cannot remember whether I have ever said so before, but assure you that I consider the edition of my collected works in German a very great honour.3

I received sometime ago a number of your new periodical, & I should think that it would be of very great use to all Zoological students. Should anything occur to me I will communicate with you, but this is unlikely as I am solely working at plants.4 This journal must I fear cost you great labour.

Believe me my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Movement in plants was published in 1880; Carus’s translation was Carus trans. 1881.
The complete collected edition of CD’s works in German, translated by Carus, was published by E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshandlung of Stuttgart (Carus trans. 1875–87).
Carus’s new periodical was Zoologische Anzeiger; see letter from J. V. Carus, 21 September 1878 and n. 2. CD did not publish in it.


Movement in plants: The power of movement in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880.


Neither he nor [Francis Darwin] intends publishing on inheritance.

They are working on physiology of plants [Movement in plants], but will not print for a year.

Thinks JVC’s new journal [Zoologische Anzeiger] will be of great use to students of zoology.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11704,” accessed on 29 September 2023,