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To A. W. von Hofmann   3 May 1876

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

May 3/76

My dear Sir

It is a great pleasure to me to receive your work on Liebig, as it proves to me that I am not quite forgotten by you,1 I shall read your essay with much pleasure, and with very sincere thanks I remain Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


Hofmann’s discourse on the scientific work of Justus von Liebig (Hofmann 1876) had first been delivered as the Faraday lecture for 1875 at the Chemical Society of London. In 1862, Hofmann had provided CD with specimens of pure gelatine (free from chlorine) and chemicals for his experiments with Drosera (sundew; see Correspondence vol. 10, letter from A. W. von Hofmann, 27 June 1862).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Hofmann, A. W. von. 1876. The life-work of Liebig in experimental and philosophic chemistry: with allusions to his influence on the development of the collateral sciences & of the useful arts. London: Macmillan and Co.


Thanks AWvH for his work on Justus Liebig [The life-work of Liebig (1876)].

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Charles Robert Darwin
August Wilhelm von Hofmann
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.491)
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LS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10494,” accessed on 1 June 2023,

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