To K. T. E. von Siebold 4 December 1871
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Decr. 4. 1871
Dear & Respected Sir
I have been much gratified by receiving your letter & photograph, for during very many years I have held your name in the greatest honour; & I especially thank you for your very kind words about what I have attempted to do in natural science.1
Your view of pseudova,—that they perhaps constitute a return to a primordial state of things is quite new to me.—2 I have not as yet received your recent work on Parthenogenesis;3 but I received some years ago your very interesting memoir on Polistes, which seemed to me a worthy successor to your famous book on the Hive-bee; & this in fact first started this important subject.4
With most sincere respect & my best thanks, I remain | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully, Ch. Darwin
Thanks for the letter, photograph, and kind words about CD’s scientific work. [See 8088.]
CTEvS’s view of pseudova is new to CD;
he has not yet received the recent work on parthenogenesis
though he did receive the memoir on Polistes.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8094A,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8094A