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Letter 4361

Darwin, C. R. to Haeckel, E. P. A.

30 Dec [1863] – 3 Jan [1864]

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    Will be proud to receive EH's Die Radiolarien [1862].

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    Health continues very weak.

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    [P.S. 3 Jan] Has sent EH another letter by mistake.


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

Dec 30

My dear Sir

Your letters are always most kind. I shall be proud to receive your monograph on the Radiolariæ which I saw & much admired in London; but I know so little of the group that in truth I am not worthy of your present. I sent off a few days since to Jena a copy of a paper by me, which if you have time I think is worth your reading.

My health continues very weak & I have no strength to spare, so I am sure you will excuse the brevity of this note.

With very sincere respect believe me my dear Sir | Yours truly obliged | Charles Darwin

P S. Jan 3.

By a mistake this letter was put in a wrong envelope & you will have have received another note addressed to a friend which I fear will have surprized you.

Please to tear it up. As there has been so much delay owing to my unfortunate mistake, I have directed this to Jena instead of to Berlin

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    f1 4361.f1
    The years are established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Ernst Haeckel, 2 January 1864 (Correspondence vol. 12).
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    The letter from Ernst Haeckel has not been found.
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    Haeckel 1862. CD visited London several times in 1863 (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix II)), and may have seen Thomas Henry Huxley's copy of Haeckel's book, which Huxley had obtained in October 1862 (see L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 237).
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    CD may have sent Haeckel a copy of `Two forms in species of Linum'.
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    CD had mistakenly sent the letter for Ernst Haeckel to Hugh Falconer, and vice versa. See following letter, and Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 2 January 1864. The letter intended for Falconer has not been found.
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    Haeckel must have told CD in a missing letter of his plans to move from Berlin to Jena in January 1864; Haeckel was professor extraordinarius of zoology at the University of Jena (DSB, NDB). See also Correspondence vol. 12, letter from Ernst Haeckel, 2 January 1864.
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