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From Albert Gaudry   6 November 18781

Paris

6 Novembre 1878

Monsieur,

En revenant à Paris j’ai trouvé votre beau livre sur les différentes formes de fleurs dans les plantes de la même espèce. Je suis très honoré qu’un maître aussi éminent que vous veuille bien m’envoyer toutes ses oeuvres. Il y a dans votre dernier livre une accumulations de recherches ingénieux et originales; mon ami Mr de Saporta qui est un juge bien compétent y attache le plus grand prix.2 Je fais des voeux pour que votre santé se conserve longtemps, car personne mieux que vous ne nous fait sentir les beautés de la Création et nous fait entrer plus profondément dans les secrets de la nature. Je vous remercie pour ma part de toutes les jouissances que m’a données la lecture de vos ouvrages.

Veuillez, Monsieur, agréer l’expression de mes sentiments respectueux, | Albert Gaudry

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Appendix I.
Forms of flowers was first published in 1877. Both Gaudry’s name and that of Gaston de Saporta appear on CD’s presentation list to receive copies of the French translation (Heckel trans. 1878; see Correspondence vol. 25, Appendix IV).

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Forms of flowers: The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877.

Translation

From Albert Gaudry   6 November 18781

Paris

6 November 1878

Sir,

On returning to Paris I found your nice book on the different forms of flowers in plants of the same species. I am very honoured that a master as eminent as you are would wish to send me all his works. There is in your latest book an accumulations of ingenious and original research; my friend Mr de Saporta who is a very competent judge assigns it the highest value.2 I wish that your health may remain good for a long time, as no one allows us to feel the beauties of Creation or allows us to enter more profoundly into the secrets of nature better than you do. I thank you, for my part, for all the enjoyment reading your works has given me.

Please, Sir, accept the expression of my respectful esteem, | Albert Gaudry

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original French, see p. QQQQ.
Forms of flowers was first published in 1877. Both Gaudry’s name and that of Gaston de Saporta appear on CD’s presentation list to receive copies of the French translation (Heckel trans. 1878; see Correspondence vol. 25, Appendix IV).

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Forms of flowers: The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877.

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of French translation of Forms of flowers. "No one more than you has made us feel the beauties of Creation and made us enter more profoundly into the secrets of nature."

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-11737
From
Albert-Jean (Albert) Gaudry
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Paris
Source of text
DAR 165: 20
Physical description
2pp (French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11737,” accessed on 5 March 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-11737.xml

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