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To Friedrich Hildebrand   16 November [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [2 Bryanston Street, London.]

Nov. 16.

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your present of your Verbreitungsmittel, just received.2 It seems to me an excellent subject for an Essay, & I shall read it with the greatest interest, but I shall not be able to do so for some little time, as I have my hands so full of work just at present.

With my thanks & respect, I remain, my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 23 May 1873.
Hildebrand had promised to send CD a copy of his book on the means of the distribution of plants (see letter from Friedrich Hildebrand, 23 May 1873). There is an annotated copy of Hildebrand 1873 in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 379–80).


Hildebrand, Friedrich. 1873. Die Verbreitungsmittel der Pflanzen. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.


Thanks for FH’s work on the means of the distribution of plants (Hildebrand 1873).

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9146F,” accessed on 2 August 2021,

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