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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. E. Ferguson   12 January 1880

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

Jan 12/80

Dear Sir

If you will read Häckels “Evolution of Man”—if this Translation has appeared in America, or his Schöpfungsgesikter—and my Descent of Man, I think that you will find reference to everything important.—1

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Ferguson had asked for a list of books on ‘the theory of evolution as relating to man’ (see Correspondence vol. 27, letter from C. E. Ferguson, 27 December 1879). The US edition of Ernst Haeckel’s Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichter was published by D. Appleton & Company in 1880 (Haeckel 1880). Descent 2d US ed. was also published by Appleton.


Descent 2d US ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. New York: D. Appleton. 1875.

Haeckel, Ernst. 1880. The history of creation: or the development of the earth and its inhabitants by the action of natural causes. A popular exposition of the doctrine of evolution in general, and that of Darwin, Goethe, and Lamarck in particular. Translation [by Dora Schmitz] of Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte, revised by E. Ray Lankester. 2 vols. New York: D. Appleton and Company.


Suggests CEF read Ernst Haeckel’s Evolution of man [1879] and Descent.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Eugene Ferguson
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Source of text
Indiana University, The Lilly Library (Ferguson MSS)
Physical description
ALS 1p

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12630,” accessed on 28 September 2023,