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To John Murray   4 April [1867]1

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 4th

My dear Sir

Many thanks.— Herr Schweizerbart is the man.— But please take no steps about the stereotypes till you hear from me again; as I said to him I wd. not agree about Translation until I knew that a certain Prof. V. Carus wd. undertake this & that I have not yet heard.2

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Buchhandlung, [19 March 1867].
The letter to which this is a reply has not been found, but evidently concerned the German translation of Variation. CD had offered to send clean proof-sheets of Variation to the German publisher Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart on condition that the translation was made by Julius Victor Carus, and had advised Schweizerbart to negotiate with Murray about stereotypes of the illustrations (see letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Buchhandlung, [19 March 1867]). Schweizerbart wrote to CD on 22 March 1867 accepting his terms and saying that he had written to Carus to ask whether he would accept the commission.


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Asks JM not to send stereotypes [of Variation] to Schweizerbart until he has heard that Carus will translate it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 32–33)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5486,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15