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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Ernst Haeckel   20 December 1868

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

Dec 20 1868

My dear Häckel

I write a line merely to thank you for yr letter of Dec 12, which by some accident I received only 2 days ago.1

I am very sincerely sorry, for yr sake & for the sake of science at the sudden death of yr distinguished Schleicher.2 From all that I have heard he will be an irreparable loss to philology; & I am personally all the more grieved as he so well supported the views which we both maintain.

Believe me my dear Häckel | your sincere friend | Charles Darwin


Haeckel’s letter has not been found. Haeckel had accidentally sent it to Thomas Henry Huxley, who forwarded it to CD (see letter from T. H. Huxley, 18 December 1868 and n. 1).
August Schleicher died on 6 December 1868 (ADB).


Concerning death of August Schleicher.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Sent from
Source of text
Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 1–52/21)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6509,” accessed on 23 March 2019,

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