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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Hermann Müller   30 May 1873

Down, Beckenham, Kent

May 30. 1873

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your letter received this morning.1 I write now chiefly to give myself the pleasure of telling you how cordially I admire the last part of your book, which I have finished.2 The whole discussion seems to me quite excellent, and it has pleased me not a little to find that in the rough M.S. of my last chapter, I have arrived on many points at nearly the same conclusions that you have done, though we may have reached them by different routes.— Ich hoffe, mein Buch wird Sie, wenn immer es erscheinen mag, interessiren, aber wenn ich Ihr Buch häävor sieben Jahren lesen können, würde ich meine Versuche vielmals nützlicher haben einrichten können.3

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See letter to Hermann Müller, 5 May 1873 and n. 1. The last section of Müller’s Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten (The fertilisation of plants by means of insects; H. Müller 1873) relates to the application of selection theory to flowers and summarises the effect of various floral characteristics on fertilisation.
CD refers to the chapter ‘Summary of the heights and weights of the crossed and self-fertilised plants’ from the manuscript of Cross and self fertilisation, which contains references to H. Müller 1873 (DAR 4; see also Cross and self fertilisation, pp. 238–85).


Further comments on HM’s [Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
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Source of text
DAR 146: 435, Krause 1884
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8929,” accessed on 20 May 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21