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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   22 November 1880

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

Nov. 22d/80

My dear Sir

Your note has pleased me exceedingly, for I fully expected that you would find the book intolerably dull, though the result of much labour.—1

I have written for the missing sheets & they shall be despatched on arrival.—

I am sure that they were sent to you, & you will some day discover them amongst your papers.

As I remember that you like to keep a perfect copy of my books, I despatched one yesterday by the Post.—2

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

I am now at work on a very little book on Worms3


See letter from J. V. Carus, 20 November 1880. Carus had been receiving proof-sheets of Movement in plants to complete his German translation.
Carus’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Movement in plants (see Appendix IV).


Earthworms: The formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881.

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


Very pleased by JVC’s note about Movement in plants. Feared he would find it intolerably dull. Some missing sheets are being replaced. Also sends a perfect copy.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12840,” accessed on 4 October 2023,