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To J. V. Carus   27 January [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan. 27

My dear Sir

I send off today 3 more clean sheets; & I hope all will follow soon, as I have corrected every word to last page of Index.—2

I forget whether I mentioned before that I am having this edition stereotyped, so that I can never again make any more serious alterations.3

The little strength left to me shall be employed on new works.—

It would be worth your publisher’s consideration to stereotype the German Translation.—

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. V. Carus, 5 December 1871 (Correspondence vol. 19).
Carus was preparing the German translation of the sixth edition of Origin (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to J. V. Carus, 8 October [1871]).
CD had decided in early November 1871 to allow the sixth edition of Origin to be printed from stereotypes (see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to R. F. Cooke, 4 November 1871).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


CD sends some sheets [of 6th ed. of Origin]. Informs JVC that he is having it stereotyped, so he can never again make any serious alterations. "The little strength left to me shall be employed on new works."

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8186,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20