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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   30 May 1871

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 30 1871

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for yr corrections.1 The name of the inhabitants of the Fiji I’s is spelt in in English many ways, & this has been the cause of my blunder; I think Fijians is best.2 At vol 1 p. 29 the name I believe is Leguay.3 Many thanks about the horns; perhaps you will be so good as to insert the right numbers, viz. 33 to the left & 27 to the right.4 It is a shame to give you so much trouble, especially as the Index has already cost you so much, but I shd be grateful for any corrections, as I suppose some day, I shall bring out a corrected edition.

I did not myself make the index & the gentleman who made it & made it too full, was much hurried at the close.5 Whenever you have occasion to write again, but do not write on purpose, I shd like to hear how many copies have been printed & sold of your translation in Germany. In England 6500 have been printed.

Believe me with many thanks | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Carus had sent CD corrections for the German translation of Descent (Carus trans. 1871). See letter from J. V. Carus, 28 May 1871.
Louis Leguay. See letter from J. V. Carus, 28 May 1871 and n. 4.
The index to Descent was prepared by William Sweetland Dallas. See letter to R. F. Cooke, 12 January [1871].


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thanks JVC for corrections for Descent. Index, which is too full, was hurried at the end.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7780,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19