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To John Murray   31 December [1867]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec 31st.

My dear Sir

Mr. Clair Grece has asked me to give him an introduction to you. He wishes to publish & translate from the German a large & profound work on the principles of english grammar, & the believes the work to possess the highest value.2 I have not the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with Mr. Grece, but he was so kind as to send me translations of several passages in Greek authors bearing on Natural Selection;3 and I believe him to be endowed with much learning. I do not doubt that he would bring out an excellent translation of the work which interests him so much.4

I remain, my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Charles Darwin

To | John Murray Esqre | 50 Albemarle St


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from C. J. Grece, 29 December 1867.
See letter from C. J. Grece, 29 December 1867 and n. 2.
See letter from C. J. Grece, 29 December 1867 and n. 5.
John Murray later published Grece’s translation of Eduard Mätzner’s English grammar (Grece trans. 1874).


Introduces Clair Grece who wishes to translate a work on English grammar from the German.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 64–65)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5743,” accessed on 4 December 2021,

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