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To Arthur Henfrey   17 March [1855]1

Down Farnborough Kent

March 17th

My dear Sir

Will you forgive my troubling you & give me if in your power a piece of information. In Braun’s Rejuvenescence2 p. 312 of your translation, there is a reference in note to “Godron de l’Espece et des Races”.3 I have in vain by Booksellers & others endeavoured to find out what this is, whether published separately or in some periodical. Again at p. 317 is it meant (in note) that there is extract of Hornsuch4 in the Flora of 1848; for if so I cd. then get the correct title for I have failed likewise in procuring this work. If you can give me any information by looking to the original German, I shd. be very much obliged & hope that you will kindly forgive my having troubled you.—

Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


Henfrey had translated Alexander Carl Heinrich Braun’s Rejuvenescence included in Botanical and physiological memoirs published by the Ray Society (Henfrey ed. 1853). See letter from J. D. Hooker, 25 August 1854, and letter to J. D. Hooker, 7 September [1854], in which Braun 1853b was discussed.
Godron 1848–9. See letter to J. D. Hooker, [before 7 March 1855].
Friedrich Hornschuch, whose paper on the sporting of plants appeared in the journal Flora (Hornschuch 1848). CD cited the paper in Natural selection, pp. 102, 127.


Godron, Dominique Alexandre. 1848–9. De l’espèce et des races dans les êtres organisés du monde actuel. Mémoires de la Société Royale des Sciences, Lettres et Arts de Nancy (1848): 182–288; De l’espèce considérée dans les êtres organisés, appartenant aux périodes géologiques qui ont précédé celle où nous vivons. Mémoires de la Société des Sciences, Lettres et Arts de Nancy (1849): 381-420. Reprinted separately. 2 vols. Nancy. 1848–9.

Hornschuch, Christian Friedrich. 1848. Ueber Ausartung der Pflanzen. Flora, oder allgemeine botanische Zeitung n.s. 6: 17-28, 33–44, 50–64, 66–86. [Vols. 5,6]

Natural selection: Charles Darwin’s Natural selection: being the second part of his big species book written from 1856 to 1858. Edited by R. C. Stauffer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1975.


Can AH give information about D. A. Godron, "De l’espèce et des races" [Mem. Soc. Sci. Lett. & Arts Nancy (1847): 182, 239–88]? CD unable to locate reference.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Arthur Henfrey
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1648,” accessed on 24 November 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5