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From Max Steffen   12 February 1882

Halle a/Saale

Febr. 12th. 1882.


On the 75th. return of your birth-day seven German students drink on your health in the old Teutonic manner.1

Albrecht von Bockelmann, stud. rer. nat. Theodor Bombe, stud. phil. et geogr. Hermann Engelmann, stud. phil. Arthur Petry, stud. rer. nat. et geogr. H. Scheer, stud. rer. nat. B. Schmidt2 stud. phil.

Max Steffen, stud. phil.


In fact, CD turned 73 on 12 February 1882.
Bockelmann was a student of natural sciences (stud. rer. nat. is the abbreviation of the Latin ‘studiosus rerum naturalium’, typically used in German-speaking countries). Bombe was studying philosophy and geography. Engelmann, Hermann Scheer, and Bernhard Schmidt were students of philosophy. Petry was a student of natural sciences and geography.


Seven German students drink to CD’s health on his 75th [sic] birthday.

Letter details

Letter no.
Maximilian Alexander (Max) Steffen
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Halle an der Saale
Source of text
DAR 177: 253
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13678,” accessed on 10 June 2023,