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Letter 13874

Darwin, C. R. to Kindt, Hermann

17 Sept 1864


Sends his thanks for a kind letter; he has copied out the last sentence of the Origin.


I am most obliged for your kind & flattering letter.—f2 I have copied the last sentence of the “Origin”, which I hope will do.–

In haste | yours faithfully | C. Darwin


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

There is grandeur in this view of Life, with its several powers having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; & that whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful & most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.—

Charles Darwin

Sept. 17th. 1864.—

J. A. Stargardt, 11 and 12 June 2002; Local Studies Unit Archives, Manchester Central Library (Autograph Letters: Harland Collection, vol. 1, p. 67, MSf091 H 15)



A brief description of this letter was published in Correspondence vol. 12; since then the full text has become available.
See letter from Hermann Kindt, 16 September 1864 (Correspondence vol. 12).
See Origin 2d ed., p. 490.
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