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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Carl du Prel   19 May 1874

Down. | Beckenham Kent.

May 19. 1874.

My dear Sir

I thank you for your extremely kind & courteous letter. & for the present of your work, It is quite a new light to me. & a very interesting fact, that anyone should endeavour to extend a law analogous to that of the struggle for existence to the inorganic world—1

As soon as I have finished a book in hand2 I shall read your essay with much curiosity—

With the most sincere thanks for the honour you have done me. | I remain. | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin.


The letter from du Prel has not been found. Du Prel’s book Der kampf ums dasein am himmel: die Darwinsche formel nachgewiesen in der mechanik der sternenwelt (The struggle for existence in the sky: the Darwinian formula established in the mechanics of the world of stars; du Prel 1874), applied the principles of biological Darwinian evolution to astronomy. CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Thanks him for copy of book [Der Kampf um’s Dasein am Himmel (1874)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Carl Ludwig August Friedrich Maximilian Alfred (Carl) Du Prel, baron
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Source of text
DAR 144: 5
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9462,” accessed on 12 August 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22