To Hermann Settegast 20 October 1871
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Oct 20 1871
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for the preface to your 3rd edition recd this morning. The editor of a Journal had already sent me the proof-sheets, & I have read a part with interest, but the German is difficult to one who knows the language but little.1 From your general opinions, my sympathies, as you may well believe, are strongly with you. I have purchased a copy of Nathusius’ work, but have read only a portion of it. As you remark, he seems to have changed his conclusions a good deal since the publication of his admirable treatise on the pig.2 He completely ignores all the little which I have attempted to make out with respect to the history of our domesticated animals.
With my best thanks I remain | my dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin
Thanks HS for the preface to the 3d edition [of Die Thierzucht (1872)].
Has purchased H. von Nathusius’ work [? Vorträge über Viehzucht und Rassenkenntniss, Th. 1 (1872)]; feels he has ignored all that CD has attempted to make out with respect to domesticated animals.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Settegast, H. G.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Autogr. I/101/2, Bl. 3/4)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8020,” accessed on 24 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8020