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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. I. F. Major   11 February 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Feb 11. 1873

Dear Sir

I am very much obliged for yr note, & am very sorry that you have had so much trouble & have given up the intention of bringing out a translation.1 I will write by this post to the first gentleman & enquire whether he still wish to translate my book.2

With my best respects I remain | dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The other prospective translator has not been identified. Expression was translated into Italian by Giovanni Canestrini and Francesco Bassani (Canestrini and Bassani trans. 1878). See letter from C. I. F. Major, 6 February 1873 and n. 2. No correspondence with Canestrini and Bassani has been found before a letter from Canestrini in 1875 asking for permission to publish an Italian translation of Expression (letter from Giovanni Canestrini, 29 July 1875, Calendar no. 10102).


Calendar: A calendar of the correspondence of Charles Darwin, 1821–1882. With supplement. 2d edition. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Is sorry that CIFM has had to give up translating Expression into Italian.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major
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Source of text
Kotte Autographs (30 October 2008)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8763G,” accessed on 16 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21