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From Sven Nilsson to J. D. Hooker1   25 October 1868

Lund (Suède)

25 Okt. 1868.

Monsieur le Professeur!

J’ai écrit à deux de mes amis qui ont des connaissances personnelles à la Lapponie, pour avoir les renseignements qu’a souhaitté Mr. Darwin, sur les Cornes du Renne &c2   Mais comme la poste va très lentement d’ici aux regions les plus septentrionales ou se trouve le Renne, il passera sans doute long temps avant que je puis avoir la reponse desirée.3

En attendant je preds la liberté de Vous avertir ou plutôt Mr. Darwin par Vous, qu’il se trouve dans les Amoenitates Academiæ de Linné, Tome IV. pag. 149 et sequ. une description du Renne où on lit, à ce qu’il me semble la plus grande partie de ce que veut connaitre Mr. Darwin.4 De l’autre partie j’espère tôt ou tard pouvoir communiquer des notices.

Dans mon Album où j’ai recueilli des portraits d’un grand nombre d’illustres Savants, il manque encore des photographies de Vous et de Mr. Darwin. Quant à Vous je prends la liberté de joindre ici la mienne en échange de la Votre, et j’espère que Vous avez la bonté de me recommender chez Mr. Darwin pour avoir la sienne.

Je me suis engagé par Mr. Longman de lui procurer un manuscrit en Anglais, de mon “Age du Bronze”, qu’il veut bien publier à Londres.5

Je le ferai avec le plus grand plaisir, quoque je voie bien que ce sera sans doute très difficile de faire cette epreuve, parceque je sais que les Anglais ne veulent pas en general admettre que les phoeniciens ont eu des colonies sur leurs côtes.6 Mais comme il me semble 〈les〉 recherches de la science 〈doivent〉 être exempts de la pol〈itique.〉

Votre très dev〈oué〉 | Sven Ni〈lsson〉

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix I.
For CD’s query, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 August 1868. Hooker passed CD’s query to Nilsson at the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Norwich (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 30 August 1868).
Nilsson sent the response in his letter of 31 December 1868.
Nilsson refers to Carl von Linné’s physical description of the reindeer in Linneaus 1785–90, 4: 149–50.
Nilsson refers to the London publisher Thomas Longman. Nilsson’s work on the Bronze Age had gone through several editions in Swedish and in German; a German translation (Nilsson 1866–7) had recently been published. An English translation was never published. Earlier in 1868, Longman’s, Green, and Company had published a translation of Nilsson’s book on the inhabitants of northern Europe during the Stone Age (Nilsson 1868); see letter to John Lubbock, 15 February [1868] and n. 10.
See Nilsson 1866–7. In Lubbock 1869, pp. 59–73, John Lubbock disagreed with Nilsson’s views on the influence of Phoenician commerce in northern Europe during the Bronze Age. See also Lubbock’s comment on Nilsson’s view in Lubbock’s introduction to Nilsson 1868, pp. xxxv–xxxvi.

Translation

From Sven Nilsson to J. D. Hooker1   25 October 1868

Lund (Sweden)

25 Oct. 1868

Professor!

I have written to two of my friends who have personal knowledge of Lapland, to obtain the information that Mr. Darwin wanted about Reindeer Antlers &c2   But as the post travels very slowly between here and the regions in the far north where the Reindeer is found, a long time will doubtless go by before I can have the desired response.3

While waiting I shall take the liberty of advising you or rather Mr. Darwin through you, that a description of the Reindeer is to be found in the Amoenitates Academiæ of Linné, vol. IV pag. 149 et sequ., where one can read, it seems to me, the major part of what Mr. Darwin wants to know.4 Regarding the rest, I hope to be able to pass on some notices sooner or later.

In the Album in which I have collected the portraits of a large number of famous Men of Science, the photographs of yourself and of Mr. Darwin are still missing. In your case I take the liberty of enclosing mine in exchange for yours, and I hope that you will have the goodness to recommend me to Mr. Darwin to obtain his.

I have been engaged by Mr. Longman to procure for him a manuscript of my “Bronze Age” in English, which he hopes to publish in London.5

I shall do it with the greatest pleasure, even though I can quite well see that it is undoubtedly going to be very difficult to carry out this endeavour, because I know that the English do not generally admit that the Phoenicians had colonies on their coasts.6 But it seems to me that scientific research 〈should〉 be free of politics.

Your most devoted | Sven Ni〈lsson〉

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original French, see part II: 811–2.
For CD’s query, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 19 August 1868. Hooker passed CD’s query to Nilsson at the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Norwich (see letter from J. D. Hooker, 30 August 1868).
Nilsson sent the response in his letter of 31 December 1868.
Nilsson refers to Carl von Linné’s physical description of the reindeer in Linneaus 1785–90, 4: 149–50.
Nilsson refers to the London publisher Thomas Longman. Nilsson’s work on the Bronze Age had gone through several editions in Swedish and in German; a German translation (Nilsson 1866–7) had recently been published. An English translation was never published. Earlier in 1868, Longman’s, Green, and Company had published a translation of Nilsson’s book on the inhabitants of northern Europe during the Stone Age (Nilsson 1868); see letter to John Lubbock, 15 February [1868] and n. 10.
See Nilsson 1866–7. In Lubbock 1869, pp. 59–73, John Lubbock disagreed with Nilsson’s views on the influence of Phoenician commerce in northern Europe during the Bronze Age. See also Lubbock’s comment on Nilsson’s view in Lubbock’s introduction to Nilsson 1868, pp. xxxv–xxxvi.

Summary

His correspondents in Lapland will provide CD with the information on reindeer horns. Refers him to Linnaeus, Amoenitates academicae, vol. 4.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6430
From
Sven Nilsson
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Lund
Source of text
DAR 172: 68
Physical description
3pp (French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6430,” accessed on 26 May 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6430

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

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