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Letter 6450

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

7 Nov 1868

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    Thanks for [Natürliche] Schöpfungsgeschichte [1868]. "What an indomitable worker you are."

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    Agrees with EH's Entstehung des Menschengeschlechts [1868].

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

Nov 7. 1868.

My dear Häckel

I received yesterday mg your Schopfung Geschichte & I am very much obliged for it. I plainly see that I shall have to read the whole, but that as you know, will take me a long time. I have looked at one or two parts, & I see that, as usual, you have piled honours high on my head.

What an indomitable worker you are! & tell your wife from me with my kind compliments, if she will accept them, that she ought to scold you every day of your life, & not let you work so hard, for you will surely hurt yourself.

It is almost laughable the amount of work you get thro' compared with what I can. I began an essay on the descent of Man & on Sexual selection (which latter subject I shall treat very fully) immediately when I finished my last book, & it will not be finished for another year, altho' it will not be half as long as yours. I read with extreme interest your essay on Man in the popular Journal the name of which I forget, & it is quite curious how we take exactly the same view on many points, & if your essay were translated into English it wd make the publication of mine almost superfluous—

Accept my cordial good wishes, do not work too hard, & believe me | yours most sincerely | Charles Darwin

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    f1 6450.f1
    CD refers to Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (Natural history of creation; Haeckel 1868c). CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Library--CUL (see Marginalia 1: 358--60).
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    f2 6450.f2
    Agnes Haeckel.
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    f3 6450.f3
    Descent was published in 1871; CD's `last book' was Variation.
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    f4 6450.f4
    The reference is to `Ueber die Entstehung und den Stammbaum des Menschengeschlechts', two lectures published in a series of collected lectures, Sammlung gemeinverständlicher wissenschaftlicher Vorträge (On the origin and family tree of the human race; collection of popular scientific lectures; Haeckel 1868b). CD's annotated copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
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