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To Otto Zacharias   5 October [1876]

Oct. 5th

Many thanks for your friendly letter.— I am away from home, but have written there to send you the 4 first sheets just printed, & tomorrow I will send 3 others.—1 You shall have remainder as soon as printed. The book is a very dull one, but I think has some value. All the first chapters are mere record of experiments.—The latter chapters alone worth reading. Your news about the Album deeply gratifying to me, but Häckel says I ought not to have been told.2

C. Darwin


Zacharias had requested the proof-sheets of Cross and self fertilisation in order to review the book for German journals (see letter from Otto Zacharias, 2 October 1876).
On the German photograph album, see the letter from Otto Zacharias, 2 October 1876 and n. 3. Ernst Haeckel visited CD at Down on 26 September 1876 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.


The sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation will be sent to OZ as they become ready.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Otto Zacharias
Sent from
Leith Hill Place
OC 5 76
Source of text
Swiss National Library, Helvetic Archives (SLA-Rhyn-06-d/03)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10632,” accessed on 17 April 2024,

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