To Emma Gärtner 9 June 1
Down Bromley Kent
I thank you sincerely for your most kind note & for your presents,2 which I shall value much & shall no doubt receive in due time. I have long venerated your Father & estimated his two great works most highly.3 I can perfectly well believe that the “search after truth was the leading principle of his life & labours”; I was thoroughily impressed with this, after reading them; & strict conscientiousness seemed to me their noble & prevailing character.— I shall be very glad to read something of his life; for I remember some few years ago enquiring on the subject, as I had got to feel so much interest in his great labours; but did not then hear of his life.—
Your Father’s name is pretty well known in this country, but not so universally as it ought to be, & not nearly well enough known in France, judging from such French Books as I read. If I can in ever so little degree make it more generally known I shall be pleased; & in my larger work I shall have to quote him far oftener. But your Father’s works have enduring merit, & will certainly be of high service to science many years after I am dead & gone.—
With sincere thanks for your letter, which has given me much satisfaction, & with my gratitude for your most kind presents, believe me Madam, with much respect, | Yours sincerely & obliged | Charles Darwin
Has long venerated her father [Carl F. von Gärtner]. Looks forward to reading his life. CD will do everything he can to make Gärtner’s name more generally known.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Gärtner, Emma
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- Source of text
- Medical Center Library, Duke University (Trent collection)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2827,” accessed on 24 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2827