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To Ernst Haeckel   16 February 1877

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

Feb. 16— 1877

My dear Häckel

The album has just arrived quite safe.—1 It is most superb. It is by far the greatest honour which I have ever received, & my satisfaction has been greatly enhanced by your most kind letter of Feb. 9th together with your gift of the your Gastræa theory.2 The album contains some of the most highly honoured names in Germany, & your own photograph is wonderfully good.— I thank you all from my heart.— I have written by this post to Herr Rade, & I hope he will somehow manage to thank all my generous friends.3

Farewell | Yours gratefully | Ch. Darwin

I hope that you will have successful work in the Mediterranean.—4


On the photograph album of German and Austrian scientists, see the letter from Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877.
See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 9 February 1877 and n. 5. Haeckel had sent CD his Studien zur Gastraea-Theorie (Haeckel 1877). CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.


Thanks EH for album of photographs of German scientists.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Sent from
Source of text
Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1: 1–52/43 [9896])
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10847,” accessed on 17 April 2024,