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From C. E. Brown-Séquard   13 January 1862

25, Cavendish Square. | W.


My dear Sir,

I hope you will excuse the delay of my answer to your very kind letter.1 I intended writing to you some remarks on your views and as the redaction of these remarks would have taken some little time the result has been that not having that time to dispose of I have remained without writing, up to this moment. I am now obliged to put off the writing of anything but an answer to your questions. The publication I will soon make of a review of your admirable work is to appear in my Journal (Journal de la Physiologie de l’Homme & des Animaux) It is the second edition which served me for the Review. As you are about having a translation published in France I think it will be very much better for your interests and those of the translator that I should postpone publishing the Review until the translation has appeared in France.2 I will be obliged to you to have a copy of that translation sent to my publishers in Paris Messrs. V. Masson et fils, Place de l’Ecole de Médecine, as soon as it will have appeared.3

I am happy to say that few men are so near agreeing completely with you as I am, and I feel proud that my own thoughts had brought me long ago to conclusions very much similar to yours.

With much respect and sympathy, | I remain, Dear Sir, Yours faithfully, | C. E. Brown-Séquard


Letter to C. E. Brown-Séquard, 2 January [1862].
Clémence Auguste Royer’s French translation of the third edition of Origin appeared in the spring of 1862 (Freeman 1977, p. 102; letter to Asa Gray, 10–20 June [1862]), but the Journal de la Physiologie de l’Homme et des Animaux, of which Brown-Séquard was editor, did not carry a review of the work.
The publishing company V. Masson et fils was owned by Victor Masson (Dictionnaire universel des contemporains).


Dictionnaire universel des contemporains: Dictionnaire universel des contemporains contenant toutes les personnes notables de la France et des pays étrangers … Ouvrage rédigé et continuellement tenu à jour avec le concours d’écrivains et des savants de tous les pays. Edited by Louis Gustave Vapereau. Paris: Libraire Hachette. 1858. 3d edition, 1865. 4th edition, 1870. 5th edition, 1880. 6th edition, 1893.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Apologises for not answering CD sooner about where he will publish review [of Origin]. Review is to appear in his own journal, but will postpone publishing it until the French translation of 3d ed. appears. Expresses substantial agreement with CD’s views.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Édouard Brown-Séquard
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Cavendish Square, 25
Source of text
DAR 160.3: 327
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3385,” accessed on 29 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10