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From C.-F. Reinwald   10 December 1874


Dec. 10th. 1874

To Charles Darwin Esq. | Down. Beckenham. Kent

Dear Sir

We had the honor to send you this morning by book-post the first copy, which ready, of the french translation of your “Naturalist’s journey on board of the Beagle,” which will be published in a few days here.1 We hope that the translation of Mr Barbier’s as well as the typographical part of the book will merit your approbation. The french press will soon give some reports on our translation, which we dare say, has really been impatiently waited for since of a few months.

According to our proposal of May 14. 1873. a percentage in the sale of the book 〈is〉 due to you, as soon as it will have reach〈ed〉 750 copies. This percentage has been fixed at £20.—2 —and we hope to be soon able to hand you the said sum.

We remain, Dear Sir, | yours most obediently | C Reinwald & Co


Reinwald refers to Barbier trans. 1875, a French translation by Edmond Barbier of Journal of researches (1870).
See Correspondence vol. 21, letter from C.-F. Reinwald, 14 May 1873. CD recorded a payment of £20 from Reinwald on 26 February 1875 in his Account books–banking account (Down House MS).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Journal of researches (1870): Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870.


Sends French translation of Journal of researches and will send the £20 due to CD when 750 copies have been sold.

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Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 176: 103
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9752,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

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