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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   28 December [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 28

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note.2 It would have given me great pleasure to have had you as the Translator into Dutch of my new book. But Dr Hartogh van Zouteveen applied some time ago & has already completed a large part of vol. I, to be published by Mr. Ijkema of Delft.—3 So it is impossible for me to make any change.—

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 27 November 1870 (Correspondence vol. 18).
No correspondence about another Dutch translation of Descent has been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.
See Correspondence vol. 18, letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 27 November 1870. Johan IJkema published the Dutch translation of Descent (Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen trans. 1871–2).


Regrets that Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen has already translated his new book into Dutch.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
Christie’s (dealers) (23 November 2009)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7402F,” accessed on 27 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)