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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Albert Günther   23 November 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov 23— 1872

My dear Dr Günther

Many thanks for the Pop. Sc. Review; but I am a subscriber & read yr article with the greatest interest some time ago.1 Therefore I return it, as you might like to give it to some one else, erasing my name— I have to thank you for a most kind letter received a little time ago, & which pleased me much2   But I did not answer it as I hope to be in London before very long & shall then see you—3

Believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin


Günther published an article on Ceratodus, a newly discovered fish from Queensland, Australia, in Popular Science Review (Günther 1872). For his other publications on the subject, see Correspondence vol. 19, letter from Albert Günther, 1 October 1871 and n. 5. The Queensland Ceratodus, a lungfish, is now known as Neoceratodus forsteri, the name Ceratodus being reserved for its extinct relatives.
CD was in London from 17 to 22 or 23 December 1872 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II); Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)); he had planned to go earlier (letter to R. F. Cooke, 7 December [1872]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Thanks AG for Popular Science Review containing his article [on Ceratodus, 11 (1872): 257–66]. CD had already read it with great interest.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Sent from
Source of text
Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Physical description
LS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8645,” accessed on 22 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20