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To Raphael Meldola   1 January [1878]1

From Mr. C. Darwin, Down, Beckenham.

In the Decr. nor of Kosmos short article (good) by F. Müller supporting by new facts Weismann’s views with respect to Caterpillars.2 If you care to see it, I would send it by Post.— Can you return to me the nor of Kosmos sent to you on Oct. 22d.?3

C. D.

Jan. 1st


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Raphael Meldola, 22 October [1877] (Correspondence vol. 25).
The article was the third part of Fritz Müller’s ‘Beobachtungen an brasilianischen Schmetterlingen’ (Observations on Brazilian butterflies; F. Müller 1877a); it mentioned August Weismann’s views on the adaptation of caterpillars to their environment. CD’s copy of this issue of Kosmos is in the collection of unbound journals in the Darwin Archive–CUL; the article is lightly annotated.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Good article by Fritz Müller in Kosmos supporting August Weismann’s views on caterpillars.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11305,” accessed on 25 February 2021,