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To Ernst Krause   16 June [1879]1

I will keep your letter & attend to your suggestions as far as possible— I can judge of nothing till I have seen the translation of your M.S. & you have seen my Proof-sheets. There is plenty of time, as Mr Dallas translates slowly—2 My publisher, Murray, generally objects strongly to bring out any book before the beginning of November—3 Pray excuse brevity, as I have many letters to write

C Darwin

June 16th— Down


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Ernst Krause, 13 June 1879.
See letter from Ernst Krause, 13 June 1879. Krause had revised his essay on Erasmus Darwin (Krause 1879a); it was being translated by William Sweetland Dallas for the English edition, Erasmus Darwin.
Erasmus Darwin was published in November 1879 (letter from Reginald Darwin, 12 November 1879). On John Murray’s November sale dinners, see Murray 1908–9, p. 540.


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

Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century 3: 537–42.


CD will attend to ELK’s suggestions, but there is plenty of time, because Dallas translates slowly and Murray will not publish the book before November.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
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Source of text
New York Medical College
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12111G,” accessed on 9 June 2023,