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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Victor Masson   [after 29 September 1869]1



I am much obliged for your letter of 29th last.—2 As I had spent two months in correcting the 5th Edition of my Origin I was very much annoyed that the labour shd not have been taken advantage of in the new French Edition.— And I must take the liberty of saying that I still think that you or Mme Royer ought to have written to me before bringing out a new Edition as has been the habit of all other Publishers:—3

But I am sorry that I wrote while I still felt rather angry & offer to you my apologies, which I hope that you will accept.—4 Your offer to print some appended pages is very obliging, but though I have made more additions, some of extended length I do not think that it wd be worthwhile to you any more on this, for I have taken struck out other discussions of similar length; the correction which I care most about, are mere [1 word illeg], depending on how far the evidence has come [or] demands on other factors

[Yours very sincerely]


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Victor Masson, 29 September 1869.
CD’s letter to Masson has not been found.


Is annoyed that a new French edition of Origin [1870] has been prepared without making use of the corrections CD made in the 5th English edition [1869].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Masson, Victor et fils
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 96: 61
Physical description
ADraft 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6916,” accessed on 9 August 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17