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To Hermann Kindt1   17 September 1864

I am most obliged for your kind & flattering letter.—2 I have copied the last sentence of the “Origin”, which I hope will do.–

In haste | yours faithfully | C. Darwin


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

There is grandeur in this view of Life, with its several powers having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; & that whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful & most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.—3

Charles Darwin

Sept. 17th. 1864.—


A brief description of this letter was published in Correspondence vol. 12; since then the full text has become available.
See Origin 2d ed., p. 490.


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

Origin 2d ed.: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1860.


Sends his thanks for a kind letter; he has copied out the last sentence of the Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Hermann Adolph Christian August (Hermann) Kindt
Sent from
Source of text
J. A. Stargardt (dealer) (11 and 12 June 2002); Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Autograph Letters: Harland Collection, vol. 1, p. 67, GB127.MS f 091 H15)
Physical description
* 1p encl 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13874,” accessed on 21 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12 and 13 (Supplement)