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 24 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8094A