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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 4 October 2023,

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