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To Fritz Schultze   14 June [1875]1

June 14th

Dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your courteous letter, & for the present of your new work.—2 It is an extraordinary honour to me to have my name coupled in any manner with that of the illustrious Kant, & I hope soon to read what you say about his views of natural selection.3 I am, however, too poor a German scholar to understand any deep metaphysical discussion.

With much respect & my best thanks, I remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

P.S | When you see Prof. Häckel, pray give him my kindest remembrances & thanks for his note.—4


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Fritz Schultze, 12 June 1875.
See letter from Fritz Schultze, 12 June 1875. Schultze sent a copy of his book Kant und Darwin (Schultze 1875).
For Immanuel Kant’s views about selection, see the letter from Ernst Haeckel, 6 June 1875 and n. 2.
Haeckel had written to CD about Schultze’s book and also sent a copy (see letter from Ernst Haeckel, 6 June 1875).


Schultze, Fritz. 1875. Kant und Darwin. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Entwicklungslehre. Jena: Hermann Dufft.


Thanks FS for his book [Kant und Darwin].

Sends regards to Haeckel.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Fritz Schultze
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Abinger Hall Down letterhead
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.470)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10018,” accessed on 23 February 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23