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From J. V. Carus   18 November 1874


Novbr 18th. 1874.

My dear Sir,

I am sorry, I am again obliged to trouble you about a mistake, or rather an omission.1 On p. 214 you quote a paper of H. Müller; but the Periodical referred to is not to be known from the quotation you give. “Verh. d. V.” can only mean “Verhandlungen des Vereins”, “Transactions of the Society.” The same occurs again on p 228 with the addition of an “n”, that is most likely “naturhistorische”.2 Now, there exists such a multitude of Natural History Societies, that no one unacquainted with the litterature could guess what Society is meant. I suppose, the “naturhistorische Verein der preussischen Rheinland” is the one. But I have unfortunately just in this moment no means to ascertain it. I hope to be able to do it when the sheet containing these notes will be in print.3 In the mean time I thought it my duty to point the fact out to you

Believe me | Ever yours truly, | Prof J. Victor Carus


Carus was translating Descent 2d ed. into German (Carus trans. 1875a). See letter from J. V. Carus, 19 January 1874.
In Descent 2d ed., in footnotes to pages 214 and 228, CD had referred to Hermann Müller’s paper on the application of Darwinian theory to bees (H. Müller 1872). CD had seen this paper only in the form of an offprint (Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL), which gave no journal title.
In Carus trans. 1875a, 1: 280 n. and 299 n., Carus confirmed that Müller’s paper was published in Verhandlungen des naturhistorischen Vereines der preussischen Rheinlande und Westphalens (Transactions of the Natural History Society of Prussian Rhineland and Westphalia).


Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.


An omission in a bibliographical note in Descent [2d English ed.].

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Julius Victor Carus
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 161: 98
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9723,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22