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To Ernst Haeckel   15 January [1876]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Jan 15th

My dear Häckel

I have been astonished by just receiving your beautiful book on corals.2 I thought you were going to publish a mere pamphlet on some new species. The drawings are the most wonderful things I ever saw in my whole life. Those of the corals excel photographs in clearness, & it like having the specimens themselves well cleaned on the table. What an artist you are! I thank you heartily for this valuable present. In the course of a few days I will begin & read the text.

You are a most wonderful man for work.

Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Ernst Haeckel, 13 January 1876.
CD’s copy of Haeckel’s Arabische Korallen (Arabian corals; Haeckel 1876b) is in the Darwin Library–Down. See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 13 January 1876.


Thanks EH for Arabische Korallen [1876].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Sent from
Source of text
Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 36 [9889])
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10358,” accessed on 28 May 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24