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To Friedrich Rolle1   21 April 1866

Down, Bromley | Kent S.E.

April 21. 1866.

Dear Sir,

I write one line to thank you incesely2 for your great kindness in taking the time to inform me of so many interesting publications. Some of which as that on Rissoa and Virchows work I must procure3

I suspected that Geinitz was opposed to me, but I hope that will not present4 him taking care in correcting Bronn’s translation5

I had nothing wathever to do with the selection as this lay entirely withe the Publisher of the German edition

We have I6 yet heard positively that Prof. Geinitz will undertake the whole affair

With my respected and sincere Thanks

I remain, dear Sir | Your very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The original letter to Rolle has not been found. The letter text is based on a transcription made by Rolle for Francis Darwin, who prepared editions of CD’s letters (LL and ML). Rolle’s transcription contains many obvious errors, and was not published in LL or ML.
For ‘incesely’ read ‘sincerely’.
For ‘present’ read ‘prevent’.
See letter from Friedrich Rolle, 12 April 1866. CD’s German publisher, Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, had asked Hans Bruno Geinitz to prepare a third German edition of Origin. The first two German editions had been translated by Heinrich Georg Bronn (Bronn trans. 1860 and Bronn trans. 1863). See letter from E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 23 March 1866 and n. 7.
For ‘have I’ read ‘haven’t’.


LL: The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8.

ML: More letters of Charles Darwin: a record of his work in a series of hitherto unpublished letters. Edited by Francis Darwin and Albert Charles Seward. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1903.

Schwartz von Mohrenstern, Gustav. 1864. Über die Familie der Rissoiden. II. Rissoa. Denkschriften der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Classe 23 (2): 1–56.

Virchow, Rudolf. 1866. Ueber Hünengräber und Pfahlbauten. Berlin: C. G. Lüderitz’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.


Thanks for information about publications.

Hopes Hans Geinitz will take care in correcting Bronn’s translation [of Origin].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Friedrich Rolle
Sent from
Source of text
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Frankfurt (SNG-Archiv: Malakol.: Nachlass Rolle)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5063,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14