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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Carl Vogt   30 October 1869

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Oct 30 1869

My dear Sir

I thank you very much for yr letter & for your proposal about the translation, which I look at as a very great honour;1 & I feel certain that it wd have made my book much more widely known— But I have already partly agreed with Carus, & now that I hear for the first time about the loss of the professorship I will write at once & tell him what you have said, & will propose to him to make the best bargain he can with any publisher in Germany whom he may prefer. I am much obliged to you for giving me this information with so much kind sympathy for Carus.

As Leukart is so distinguished a man, I hope that Carus holding my views may be only a very secondary cause of the loss of the professorship.2

With my cordial thanks for yr proposal about the translation, so honourable to me, & with the hope that I may some time have the real pleasure of making your personal acquaintance I remain my dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin

P.S. I may add that my book will not be ready for a considerable time, but my publisher insisted on a notice.3


Julius Victor Carus had been a candidate for a professorship in zoology at Leipzig, but the position went to Rudolf Leuckart (see letter from Carl Vogt, 26 October 1869 and n. 6).
CD refers to John Murray and to the notice in the Academy 1 (1869–70): 15–16 of Descent.


Thanks for proposal about translation [of Descent]. Will write to J. V. Carus to make agreement with publisher.

Hopes JVC’s holding CD’s views only secondary cause of loss of professorship.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Carl Vogt
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Source of text
Bibliothèque de Genève (Ms. fr. 2188, ff. 298–9)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6959,” accessed on 28 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17