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From J. V. Carus   23 December 1877


Dec 23d | 1877

My dear Sir

May I ask you to be so kind as to write me (if possible by return of post, as the sheet must be printed off), if on p. 435 of the 1. Vol. of the Variation under Domestication, line 9 from bottom (note not included) a few words are fallen out by mistake.

“a horse, bred by Lord Mostyn, which had previously borne a foal. by a quagga. This horse is dun with a dark stripe”.1

I think, it ought to stand thus (or some thing like it): “a horse bred by Lord Mostyn from a mare, which had previously borne” for as it runs now, the case would not be one of the modification of the subsequent progeny by the previous male, but one of the modification of the whole bodily frame of the female animal, which you do not intend to prove in this paragraph

With my best wishes for a merry Christmas I am | Ever yours sincerely J. Victor Carus


Carus was preparing a German translation of Variation 2d ed. (Carus trans. 1878a). Edward Mostyn Lloyd-Mostyn was the second Baron Mostyn.


Variation 2d ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875.


A misprint in Variation.

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Julius Victor Carus
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 161: 111
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11286,” accessed on 7 December 2021,