Thanks FR for sketch of progress of evolutionary theory in Germany.
Compliments to Gustav Jäger.
Comments on FR's book [Ch. Darwin's Lehre (1863)].
Down. Bromley. Kent. S.E.
You must excuse me writing briefly, as I am much engaged and far from well. I thank you
sincerely for your sketch of the progress of opinion on the change of species in
Germany, which has interested me much. If you have any
communication with D
Pray also remember me kindly to D
With my best wishes for your success, I remain, dear Sir, yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- f1 3954.f1The original letter to Rolle has not been found. The text reproduced here is based on a copy made by Rolle.
- f2 3954.f2The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Friedrich Rolle, 26 January 1863. On the transcription of the letter, there is a note by Rolle that states: `Von Herrn Ch. Darwin d. 2 Februar 1863'.
- f3 3954.f3See letter from Friedrich Rolle, 26 January 1863.
- f4 3954.f4In his letter of 26 January 1863, Rolle discussed the reception of CD's theory in Germany and Austria, and emphasised Gustav J¨ager's efforts to promote CD's theory.
- f5 3954.f5Rolle had mentioned David Friedrich Weinland as one of CD's supporters in Germany (see letter from Friedrich Rolle, 26 January 1863).
- f6 3954.f6CD refers to the third and fourth parts of Rolle 1863 (see letter from Friedrich Rolle, 26 January 1863 and n. 3). Rolle cited Ludwig R¨utimeyer's work (R¨utimeyer 1861) in corroboration of CD's theory (see Rolle 1863, pp. 126--32). There is an annotated presentation copy of R¨utimeyer 1861 in the Darwin Library--CUL (see Marginalia 1: 718--26). See also Correspondence vol. 9, letter to Ludwig R¨utimeyer, 5 December .