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To C.-F. Reinwald   [12 December 1874]1

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for the Tr. of my Journal,2 received this morning. I am pleased with its appearance. I most sincerely hope that the Translation may sell well & remunerate you. I beg you to thank M. Barbier for his very kind expressions toward me3

I remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter from C.-F. Reinwald, 10 December 1874, and the letter to Theodor Eimer, 12 December 1874.
Barbier trans. 1875.
In a translator’s preface, Edmond Barbier wrote that the fact that the text of Journal of researches had not been updated since 1845 was compensated for by the particular flavour of a work from the illustrious naturalist’s youth, and by the interest of seeing the development of the ideas that led to the publication of Origin (Barbier trans. 1875, pp. vii–viii).


Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Thanks for translation of his Journal of researches. Is pleased by its appearance.

Also thank Edmond Barbier for his kind words. [See 9752.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald
Source of text
DAR 271.2: 1
Physical description
AdraftS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9752A,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

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