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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Gerard Krefft   6 September 1873

Australian Museum Sydney

Septbr 6/ 1873

Dear Mr Darwin

I thank you for your last letter and also for the Origin of Species which has been duly received.1 I am proud of your good opinion and shall try and bring up my little boy as I would have liked to have been brought up myself2   I spent ten years of my life in the dreary work of a merchants office in a little German country town3   I was 8 years a Gold digger in this colony & in Victoria and when above 30 I first began to study natural History   I never had a teacher since I left school at 14 years & I regret to say that I do not know latin or greek except just suffici〈en〉t to look up a word in the lexicon.

I consider it my duty to tell you all this because there are many errors in my writings & the mode of expressing myself may not be always a happy one   I shall try and deserve your good opinion in future and will not trouble you any more   I do not know much about plants but a hint from you is sufficient, if you desire observations of any kind; besides I know many Gardeners and am ready to serve you whenever you ask me to do so.—

May you be able to accomplish your task and enlighten the ignorant, I shall always remain | my dear Mr Darwin | your most devoted | Gerard Krefft

Ch Darwin Esq | FRS. &c

Footnotes

This letter has not been found. CD had promised to send Krefft a copy of Origin 6th ed. (see letter to Gerard Krefft, 17 February 1873).
Krefft refers to his son Rudolf.
Krefft had worked for a mercantile firm in Halberstadt (Aust. dict. biog.)

Summary

Proud of CD’s good opinion of him. He worked in a merchant’s office in Germany for many years. Emigrated to Australia as a gold-digger and took up natural history after he was 30.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9044
From
Johann Louis Gerard (Gerard) Krefft
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Australian Museum, Sydney
Source of text
DAR 169: 120
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9044,” accessed on 17 July 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9044

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21

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