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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   9 November [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 9th

My dear Sir

I write a line to thank you for your letter & say how very glad I am to hear that I was partly mistaken about the Professorship.—2 What you say does not make the slightest differences in my wishes.—3

Herr. Hoffmann of Stuttgart has applied to me, since I wrote to you, for the right of Translation.— I have simply told Herr Koch that I had communicated with you on the subject of my next book, & it will rest with you to decide whether to prefer him.—4

In Haste | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. V. Carus, 6 November 1869.
CD wanted Carus to translate Descent.
No letter from Carl Hoffmann, a publisher in Stuttgart, has been found. The most recent extant letter to the publisher Eduard Koch is that of 4 November 1869.


Glad to hear the news about the professorship was partly erroneous, but still wishes JVC to have the rights to translate [Descent]. Has written to Herr Koch [of Schweizerbart], but not in such a way as to commit JVC to publish with him.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6981,” accessed on 21 June 2021,

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