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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   14 September 1880

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

Sept. 14th 1880

My dear Sir

I send by this Post the 2 first sheets of my book—“The Power of Movement in Plants”—for translation, if you think fit.1

As I believe I said before, the work appears to me to possess some value & novelty; but it is very dull.— You must not,, however, judge of it by the first long chapter, which contains mere descriptions of cases of nearly the same nature; but it seemed to me necessary to establish securely my first point.—

There are 195 wood-cuts, & if, as I hope, you decide to translate I will get them stereotyped at as little cost as I can.—2

Please let me hear what you decide; but perhaps you would wish first to see more of the sheets.—

I most truly hope that your health keeps moderately good | Believe me, my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


CD had promised to send the proof-sheets of Movement in plants to Carus (see letter to J. V. Carus, 28 April 1880).
The first chapter was 56 pages long and described the circumnutating movements of seedling plants; Movement in plants contained 196 woodcuts.


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


Sends sheets of Movement in plants for translation, if JVC sees fit. It has some value and novelty, CD believes, but is very dull.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12713,” accessed on 4 October 2023,