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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Ernst Krause   13 May 1879

Bassett | Southampton

May 13. 79

My dear Sir,

I write a line to thank you for your extremely kind letter & to assure you that I will lose no time.1 Perhaps I may be able to send my rough MS to the printers which would greatly expedite matters.2 I see announced a book about Erasmus Darwin & Lamarck by Saml. Butler & I will write to the booksellers & tell them to send you a copy.3

my dear Sir, | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


In his letter of 8 May 1879, Krause asked to be sent proof-sheets of CD’s biographical sketch of Erasmus Darwin, CD’s grandfather, in order to prepare a German edition of Erasmus Darwin (Krause 1880).
CD had contemplated having fair copies of his draft made for Krause and the printer even though this would waste time (see letter to Ernst Krause, 9 May [1879]).
Samuel Butler’s book discussed the evolutionary theories of Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon; Jean Baptiste de Lamarck; and Erasmus Darwin (S. Butler 1879). William Sweetland Dallas had mentioned the book in his letter of 9 May 1879; it was announced in an advertisement in Nature, 8 May 1879, p. x.


Butler, Samuel. 1879. Evolution, old and new: or, the theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, and Lamarck, as compared with that of Mr. Charles Darwin. London: Hardwicke and Bogue.

Erasmus Darwin. By Ernst Krause. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879.

Krause, Ernst. 1880. Erasmus Darwin und seine Stellung in der Geschichte der Descendenz-Theorie von Ernst Krause. Mit seinem Lebens- und Charakterbilde von Charles Darwin. Leipzig: Ernst Günther.


Assures EK he will lose no time in writing his essay [on Erasmus Darwin].

A book by Samuel Butler on Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck has been announced [Evolution, old and new (1879)]. Will have a copy sent to EK.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Sent from
Source of text
The Huntington Library (HM 36183)
Physical description
LS(A) 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12051,” accessed on 18 September 2023,