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To Ernst Haeckel   11 January [1875]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Jan 11

My dear Haeckel

I have received your very kind present of Hellwald.2 I had no idea that it was so large a book, otherwise I should have scrupled in accepting your kindness. With cordial thanks | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Ernst Haeckel, 20 December 1874 (Correspondence vol. 22).
In his letter of 20 December 1874 (Correspondence vol. 22), Haeckel had offered to send CD a copy of Friedrich von Hellwald’s Culturgeschichte in ihrer natürlichen Entwickelung bis zur Gegenwart (Cultural history in its natural development up to the present; Hellwald 1875). There is no copy of it in CD’s libraries at CUL or Down.


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

Hellwald, Friedrich von. 1875. Culturgeschichte in ihrer natürlichen Entwickelung bis zur Gegenwart. Augsburg: Lampart & Co.


Thanks for F. v. Hellwald [Culturgeschichte (1875)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Sent from
Source of text
Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 33 [9886])
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9811,” accessed on 29 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23