To Ernst Haeckel 20 January 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I thank you for your kind note of Jan. 11.1 You think much too highly of my work, but I confess it gratifies me not a little to read your frequently repeated expressions about my Origin of Species. No other photographs have been taken of me besides that published by Bronn & that by my son of which I enclose half a dozen copies.2 Do not trouble yourself to make up an equal number but I shd value greatly photographs of some of the leading naturalists in whom your country so abounds. I have only yourself Fritz Muller, Rütemeyer, & the Philolog. Schleicher.3
I am heartily glad that your book is making such good progress:4 I shall try & read it through, but it will take me an immense time, for I am a wretched German scholar & never improve. I wish I cd get it translated & will keep it in mind, but fear it will be impossible as there is but little sale for purely scientific works in England.5
I have read your account of the protogenes primordialis with much interest: nothing can be so wonderful as the vitality & movements of these fluid bodies.6 I have not yet read your larger paper on Medusæ.7 My health is better & I am now able to work one or two hours a day on the Variation of Domestic Animals & Plants; but I make slow progress.8
Pray believe me with every good wish yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
The photographs are in a separate envelope as the postage is less—9
Sends copies of photographs of himself. Asks for photographs of German naturalists.
Comments on EH’s account of Protogenes primordialis.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4980,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4980