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From Carl Kraus   8 January 1879

Carl Kraus, | Pardubitz, Bohemia, Austria.

8th Jan. 1879.

Honoured Sir,

The letter you had dear Sir, the kindness to write me, has so agreeably surprised me, that I permit me testifying my gratitude; words, however, are too weak, to express what I feel for you.1 I shall be happy to profit by every opportunity to give you a proof of my most esteem & veneration. Having the persuasion that you dear Sir, posess the largest interest for scientific publications, which bespeak the presumtive connection, between socialism and Evolution through natural selection, permit me to send inclosed essays, (supposing that you dear Sir, did not knowing this essays) of the excellent naturalist Charles Vogt, which this object has analyzed, with his notorious spirituously erudition.2 The scientific world, shall be very happy, if they could hear the opinion of this object, on our illustrious natural philosopher Charles Darwin.

Begging to apologize for thus troubling dear Sir, and soliciting a continuance of your kind favour, I have the honour to be, honoured Sir, | Your respectfully admirer | Techniker3 Carl Kraus.

Charles Darwin, Esquire | Down.—


CD’s letter to Kraus has not been found.
Kraus probably sent Carl Vogt’s essay, ‘Descendenz-Theorie und Socialismus’ from the Vienna Neue freie Presse, 12, 14, and 19 December (Vogt 1878). There are clippings of the first two parts in DAR 226.1: 258–9 and DAR 226.2: 22. See also letter to Karl von Scherzer, 26 December 1879.
Techniker: a vocational title indicating expertise in engineering gained through practical experience rather than a university qualification.


Vogt, Karl. 1878. Descendenz-Theorie und Socialismus. Neue freie Press (Vienna), 12 December 1878, pp. 1–3; 14 December 1878, pp. 1–3; 19 December 1878, pp. 1–3.


A supporter of "the presumptive connection between socialism and evolution through natural selection" sends essays of Carl Vogt and requests CD to comment on them publicly.

Letter details

Letter no.
Carl (Charles) Kraus
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 169: 104
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11822,” accessed on 1 April 2023,