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From Carl Friedrich Alexander Hartmann   23 August 1839


23 August 1839.

My dear Sir!

I am very grateful for the present, what You have maked me some time ago with your very interressant “Journal of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle”.1 I am sure that it is one of the best scientific travelworks of this time and I intend, soon as I have contracted with a publisher, to translate it into the german language.—2 In the first place I have published a review of your classical work in one of our best critical and publishing Journals. Soon as my translation is out of the press, I shall do myself the honour to present you a copy. With a good deal of the geological observations in your work I am become acquainted through my translation of Mr. Lyells “Elements of Geology”. Pray to say this celebrated Geologist, when he is come back from the tour, what he mentions in his letter d.d. 10. June, that the translation is out and that I have forwarded a copy to Hamburgh, care Mrs. Perthes, Besser & Maucke, to send it with a letter, by the first steamer to the metropolis. I am very desirous to know your work on the special geological observations during the voyage, what shal be in the press. Dr. Krauss, a german traveller in the southern part of Afrika, is about to publish a Journal with a Gaea capensis.3 Excuse my bad English with so many germanisms and leave in consideration, that it is not so easy, to write in your language.

Believe my dear Sir | ever truly yours | Charles Hartmann.


Presumably Hartmann, who was translating Lyell’s Elements of geology, had been sent a copy of the Journal of researches at Lyell’s suggestion.
The first German translation of the Journal of researches was not by Hartmann, but by Ernst Dieffenbach.
Ferdinand Krauss published works on South African Crustacea and Mollusca but no journal about the Cape of Good Hope by him or any other Dr Krauss has been located.


Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


Thanks CD for his Journal of researches, "one of the best scientific travelworks of this time", which CFAH intends to translate into German.

Letter details

Letter no.
Carl Friedrich Alexander Hartmann
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 204: 179
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 532,” accessed on 1 March 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2