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To Ernst Dieffenbach   19 July [1843]

Down | near Bromley | Kent

July 19th

Dear Sir

I write to inform you that Mr Colburn is willing to let you have the use of the copper-plate of the map & of any of the three woodcuts in my volume,1 but I must guarantee their safe return so you must come to a distinct understanding with your publishers, if you please, that they must be carefully returned.— Mr Colburn would rather prefer to supply your publisher with copies of the map ready printed off at 10s per hundred; but you can take your choice; the carriage of the plate to Brunswick backwards & forwards may perhaps be an item.

I have been delayed for a whole week in making my corrections, by the death of a relative,2 which called me to a distant part of England; but I shall recommence my labour of love to day.—

I am quite ignorant whether the expence of postage to Berlin is great, I paying as far as I can. — Perhaps you will be so kind as to inform me, what this single letter costs, for if not very expensive, I could send my notes & corrections by Post, or by any other method you might propose.—

How soon shall you go to press?

Excuse this hurried letter & believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


Refers to the 1844 German edition of Journal of researches (see letter to Henry Colburn, 4 July [1843]).


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.


Says Colburn will allow German publisher to use copperplate and woodcuts [for Journal of researches]. Has been delayed in corrections owing to death of a relative [Josiah Wedgwood II].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Dieffenbach
Sent from
19 JY 19 1843
Source of text
Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Gratz collection, case 12, box 7)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 682,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

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