To Fritz Müller 11 January 1866
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Jan 11 1866
My dear Sir
I received your interesting letter of Nov 5. some little time ago,1 & despatched immediately a copy of my Journal of researches.2 I fear that you will think me troublesome in my offers; but have you the 2nd German Edition of the Origin? which is a translation with additions of the 3rd English Ed.3 & is I think considerably improved compared with the 1st Ed.4 I have some spare copies which are of no use to me & it wd be a pleasure to me to send you one, if it wd be of any use to you. You wd never require to re-read the book, but you might wish to refer to some passage. I am particularly obliged for your photograph, for one likes to have a picture in one’s mind of any one about whom one is interested.5 I have received & read with interest your paper on the Spunge with horny Spicula.6 Owing to ill-health & being busy when formerly well, I have for some years neglected periodical scientific literature & have lately been reading up & have thus read translations of several of your papers;7 amongst which I have been particularly glad to read & see the drawings of the Metamorphoses of Peneus. This seems to me the most interesting discovery in embryology which has been made for years.8
I am much obliged to you for telling me a little of your plans for the future; what a strange but to my taste, interesting life you will lead when you retire to your estate on the Itajahi!9 You refer in your letter to the facts which Agassiz is collecting, against our views, on the Amazons.10 Though he has done so much for science, he seems to me so wild & paradoxical in all his views that I cannot regard his opinions as of any value—11
Believe me my dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. I did not at all know that your island had lately risen.12 Near Rio I cd find no such evidence;13 you ought to collect & send the paper to some Geolog. Journal—14
Has read FM’s paper on sponges ["Über Darwinella aurea", Arch. Miskrosk. Anat. 1 (1865): 344–53] with interest.
Has also read FM’s work on the metamorphoses of Peneus [Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. 3d ser. 14 (1864): 104–15], an interesting and important embryological discovery.
CD regards Louis Agassiz’s opinions as valueless.