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From W. S. Dallas   19 August 1868

Yorkshire Philosophical Society | York

19 Aug. 1868.

My dear Sir

Your letter with its enclosure has arrived quite safely,—it will make our translation a little more like a new edition.—1

“Darwinism tested by Carcinology” might form a second title for the work, such as they used to have to all novels.—2 “Für Darwin” might stand as a distinct line at the top of the title page, cut off by a line from the English title, but I don’t like combining the two languages by means of a conjunction.—

I am working very hard at my Record just now, & expect to have it quite off my hands by the end of the month,3—when I shall resume Fritz Müller & hope to finish him quickly.— I have had my share of work for the last few years & begin to feel it, especially in the eyes.—

I shall hope to hear better accounts of your health when you next write, Meanwhile | Believe me | Your’s always truly | W. S. Dallas.

The German Entomologists are becoming Darwinists,—there is a very nice article by Kiesenwetter in Berliner entom. Zeitschrift 1867.—4

C. Darwin Esqr


CD’s letter to Dallas, which was written on 17 August 1868 (see letter to Fritz Müller, 17 August 1868), has not been found. The enclosure was Müller’s discussion on the primordial form of insects; it has also not been found, but the version that Dallas published as a footnote to his translation of Müller’s Für Darwin (F. Müller 1864, W. S. Dallas trans. 1869) is reproduced as the enclosure to the letter from Fritz Müller, 17 June 1868.
‘Darwinism tested by carcinology’ was Müller’s suggestion for a title for Dallas’s translation of Für Darwin (letter from Fritz Müller, 17 June 1868); the title eventually chosen was Facts and arguments for Darwin.
Between 1864 and 1868, Dallas contributed all the reports and abstracts on arachnids, myriapods, and insects published in the annual volumes of the Record of Zoological Literature (Record of Zoological Literature 6 (1870): preface). The title Zoological Record was adopted in 1870.
Dallas refers to Hellmuth von Kiesenwetter and Kiesenwetter 1867.


Kiesenwetter, Hellmuth von. 1867. Entomologische Beiträge zur Beurtheilung der Darwin’schen Lehre von der Entstehung der Arten. Berliner entomologische Zeitschrift 11: 327–49.


The material [from F. Müller] makes the translation more like a new edition.

German entomologists are becoming Darwinists.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Sweetland Dallas
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Yorks. Philos. Soc., York
Source of text
DAR 162: 22
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6325,” accessed on 22 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16