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To Henry Colburn   4 July [1843]

Down near Bromley | Kent

July 4th.

Dear Sir

I have just received a letter from Dr. Dieffenbach at Berlin, stating that a German Translation of my Journal is on the point of being printed.1 Dr. D. does not intend to have the map of the south portion of S. America engraved, but he wishes to have the use of the Plate gratis. This I cannot expect you to accede to, but if you would affix some low price to this one Plate & the 3 woodcuts, I would endeavour to persuade him to take them & I wd be answerable for the payment & would transmit them to Berlin, as I am very anxious to oblige Dr. D in any way I can.— The plates & woodcuts, I presume, are of little value in your consideration.

I hope in this instance you will be so good as to direct one of your clerks to answer this letter immediately, & I should be glad to know how many copies of my Journal remain on hand.—

Believe me | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin H. Colburn Esq


Ernst Dieffenbach’s translation was published in 1844 (Freeman 1977, p. 49).


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.


Offers to pay for use of plate of map of S. America and for three woodcuts, for German edition of Journal of researches [1844].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Colburn
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 680,” accessed on 28 February 2024,

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