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To H. W. Bates   20 April [1876]1


April 20th

My dear Bates

I shd. be greatly obliged to you if you could answer 4 questions.— Perhaps Mr. Rye2 wd be so very kind as to aid you or undertake the task. Prof. Victor Carus is translating into German my book on Coral Reefs & says he cannot find the proper Title & Date of publication of some books to which I 〈    〉 & which I 〈    〉 some 30–40 years ago at the Geographical Soc. or at the Admiralty.3 I refer to a “Memoir on the Pacific, Appendix 1835 by Adm. Krusenstern” It is clear that I here refer in English to some book: what is real Title?—4

Secondly, I frequently refer to “Freycinets Hydrographical Memoir”, & V. Carus asks, “is this, Vol 8th of his Voyage autour du Monde … sur l’Uranie et la Physicienne?” I cannot remember, but rather think there is a separate Hydrographical work. by Freycinet.—5

Thirdly I refer to the charts of the Natunas & Anambas, island published in the “Voyage of the Favourite”, & V. Carus asks whether I refer to La Place’s “Voyage de la Favorite”? Do you know of any voyage of the Favourite: I think that I remember consulting La Place.—6

Fourthly & lastly was there a voyager of the name of Surville   I refer to such in reference to the Salomon Isld.—   V. Carus thinks it is misprint for D’Urville; which I do not believe.7 Can you forgive me & aid me?

Yours most truly | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. V. Carus, 16 April 1876.
Edward Caldwell Rye was librarian of the Royal Geographical Society.
Julius Victor Carus was translating Coral reefs 2d ed. into German (Carus trans. 1876a); see letter from J. V. Carus, 16 April 1876.
Krusenstern 1835 and Adam Johann von Krusenstern; see letter from J. V. Carus, 16 April 1876 and n. 2.
Vol. 8 of Louis de Freycinet’s Voyage autour du monde (Freycinet 1824–44) was on hydrography and navigation; see letter from J. V. Carus, 16 April 1876 and n. 3.
Laplace 1833–9 and Cyrille Pierre Théodore Laplace; see letter from J. V. Carus, 16 April 1876 and n. 4.
CD was referring to Jean François Marie de Surville, not Jules Sébastien César Dumont d’Urville; see letter from J. V. Carus, 16 April 1876 and n. 18.


Coral reefs 2d ed.: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. By Charles Darwin. Revised edition. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1874.

Freycinet, Louis de. 1824–44. Voyage autour du monde: entrepris par ordre du roi. 8 vols in 10. Plates, 4 vols. Paris: Pillet aîné.

Krusenstern, Adam Johann von. 1835. Supplémens au recueil de mémoires hydrographiques: publiés en 1826 et 1827, pour servir d’analyse et d’explication à l’Atlas de l’Océan Pacifique. St Petersburg: De l’Impr. de A. Pluchart.

Laplace, Cyrille Pierre Théodore. 1833–9. Voyage autour du monde par les mers de l’Inde et de Chine : exécuté sur la corvette de l’état la Favorite pendant les années 1830, 1831 et 1832, sous le commandement de M. Laplace. 5 vols, with Atlas hydrographique, and Album historique. Paris: Imprimerie royale.


Asks for information he needs for the German translation [of Coral reefs], including correct titles of reference books and the name of a voyager.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Walter Bates
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Physical description
4pp damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5066,” accessed on 27 February 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24