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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   8 November 1871

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [Leith Hill Place, Surrey]

Nov. 8 1871

Dear Sir

I am extremely glad to hear, for your & my own sake, of the success of your Translation.1 I have partly written an essay on Expression, but from ill-health during 2 months, & from largely correcting a new edit. of the “Origin”, the above essay will probably not be sent to press for 6 or 9 months.2 Whenever it is printed I will inform you & shall be pleased if you think it worth translation. But from what you say you will perhaps by that time have started on your voyage to N. America.3 I would strongly advise you to get introductions from those who are personally acquainted with you, as I am sure they would be much the most valuable.—

I know very few persons in the United States, & as I do not know you personally, I can only say that you have translated my work, & have shewn in your correspondence with me much zeal & intelligence.

Believe me I shall be happy to assist you as far as lies in my power, & with every good wish I remain | dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD refers to the Dutch translation of Descent (Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen trans. 1871–2). See letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 3 November 1871.
CD refers to Expression and Origin 6th ed. Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen had offered to translate Expression. See letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 3 November 1871 and n. 3.
Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen was considering emigrating to the United States.


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

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


CD glad to hear of success of translation of Descent.

Will not go to press with Expression for six or nine months; hopes HHHvZ will think it worth translating.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8056,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

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