To Fritz Müller 18 March 1869
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
Mar 18 1869
My dear Sir
Since I wrote a few days ago & sent off three copies of yr book, I have read the English translation, & cannot deny myself the pleasure of once again expressing to you my warm admiration.1 I might, but will not, repeat my thanks for the very honourable manner in which you often mention my name; but I can truly say that I look at the publication of yr essay as one of the greatest honours ever conferred on me. Nothing can be more profound & striking than yr observations on development & classification. I am very glad that you have added yr justification in regard to the metamophoses of insects, for yr conclusion now seems in the highest degree probable.2 I have re-read many parts; especially that on cirripedes with the livliest interest. I had almost forgotten yr discussion on the retrograde development of the Rhizocephala.3 What an admirable illustration it affords of my whole doctrines! A man must indeed be a bigot in favour of separate acts of creation, if he is not completely staggered after reading yr essay; but I fear that it is too deep for English readers, except for a select few.
With cordial gratitude & respect believe me my dear Sir | yours truly | Charles Darwin
On English edition of Für Darwin; CD’s gratitude and admiration.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
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- British Library (Loan 10:28) (by kind permission of English Heritage)
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