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From Ferdinand von Hochstetter1   26 March 1868

Wien,

26 März 1868.

Hochgeehrter Herr,

Ich erinnere mich noch lebhaft und mit dankbarem Gefühle der freundlichen Rathschläge, die Sie mir vor der Abreise der Novara bei meinem Aufenthalte in London in Febr. 57 gegeben haben,2 und erlaube mir nun, Sie zu bitten, die Resultate der geologischen Untersuchungen, welche ich während dieser Reise ausgeführt habe, von mir als ein Zeichen der unbegrenzten Verehrung, die ich für Sie hege freundlichst anzunehmen. Ich habe zu dem Ende der Buchhandlung Gerold & Cie in Wien ein Exemplar des von mir bearbeiteten geologischen Theiles des Novarawerkes (3 Volumes) übergeben, um dasselbe Ihnen in meinem Namen zuzusenden, und hoffe dass die Bücher seiner Zeit richtig bei Ihnen anlangen werden.3

Mit ausgezeichneter Hochachtung | Ihr ergebenster | Dr. F. v. Hochstetter | Professor am polytechnischen Institute zu Wien

Charles Darwin Esq. | Down | England

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix I.
No mention of CD’s meeting Hochstetter has been found, but CD was in London from 4 to 7 March 1857 (Correspondence vol. 6, Appendix II). The Novara expedition (1857–9) was the first Austrian scientific expedition to circumnavigate the globe. For CD’s recommendations to the Novara expedition, see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Charles Lyell, 11 February [1857] and nn. 1 and 7.
The geological part of the reports of the Novara expedition consisted of two sections, geological and palaeontological. Hochstetter evidently sent only the geological part, written by him, which appeared in two volumes, titled Geologie von Neu-Seeland and Geologische Beobachtungen (Hochstetter 1864–6). CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down. Hochstetter refers to the firm Carl Gerold’s Sohn of Vienna.

Translation

From Ferdinand von Hochstetter1   26 March 1868

Vienna,

26 March 1868.

Highly honoured Sir,

I still remember vividly and with feelings of gratitude the friendly advice that you gave me before the departure of the Novara during my stay in London in Febr. 57,2 and now allow me to request that you kindly accept the results of the geological investigations that I carried out on this voyage as a sign of my unbounded admiration for you. I have, therefore, delivered a copy of the geological part, written by me, of the Novara work (3 volumes) to the book store Gerold & Cie in Vienna so that they can post it to you in my name, and I hope that the books will reach you safely in due course.3

With the greatest esteem | yours most respectfully | Dr. F. V. Hochstetter | Professor at the Polytechnical Institute of Vienna

Charles Darwin Esq. | Down | England

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original German, see p. QQQQ
No mention of CD’s meeting Hochstetter has been found, but CD was in London from 4 to 7 March 1857 (Correspondence vol. 6, Appendix II). The Novara expedition (1857–9) was the first Austrian scientific expedition to circumnavigate the globe. For CD’s recommendations to the Novara expedition, see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Charles Lyell, 11 February [1857] and nn. 1 and 7.
The geological part of the reports of the Novara expedition consisted of two sections, geological and palaeontological. Hochstetter evidently sent only the geological part, written by him, which appeared in two volumes, titled Geologie von Neu-Seeland and Geologische Beobachtungen (Hochstetter 1864–6). CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down. Hochstetter refers to the firm Carl Gerold’s Sohn of Vienna.

Summary

Thanks CD for advice received before his Novara voyage. Sends volumes [Reise der österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde … Geologischer Theil, ed. FCvH, 2 vols. in 3 (1864–6)].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6057
From
Ferdinand von Hochstetter
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Vienna
Source of text
DAR 166: 223
Physical description
1p (German)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6057,” accessed on 22 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6057.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16

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