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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   26 November 1881

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

Nov. 26th 1881

My dear Sir

I have introduced a few additions & made a few corrections to my book on Worms, in the 5th thousandth which is now printing. I send by this post the corrected proof-sheets & few M.S additions, which I think are worth inserting. All the corrected passages are marked, so it will not take you much time to find the corresponding places—1 In Haste | My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Carus was preparing the German translation of Earthworms (Carus trans. 1882). CD had previously sent a short list of corrections that were made to the fifth thousand of the English edition (letter to J. V. Carus, 2 November 1881). CD’s list of additions has not been found; in the German edition, a section of additions followed the main text (Carus trans. 1882, pp. 178–9).


Carus, Julius Victor, trans. 1882. Die Bildung der Ackererde durch die Thätigkeit der Würmer mit Beobachtungen über deren Lebensweise. By Charles Darwin. (German translation of Earthworms.) Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshandlung (E. Koch).

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


Sends some additions and corrections he has made in the 5th thousand, [of Earthworms] now being printed.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13512,” accessed on 29 September 2023,