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To Hugh Falconer   4 November [1864]1


November 4th,

My dear Falconer

What a good kind friend you are. I know well that this medal must have cost you a deal of trouble.2 It is a very great honour to me, but I declare the knowledge that you and a few other friends3 have so much interested themselves on the subject is the real cream of the enjoyment to me; indeed it is to me worth far more than many medals. So accept my true and cordial thanks. I hope that I may yet have strength to do a little more work in natural science; shaky and old though I be. I have chuckled and triumphed over your postscript about poor M. Brullé and his young pupils.4 About a week ago I had a nearly similar account from Germany and at the same time I heard of some splendid converts in such men as Leuckart, Gegenbaur &c.5 You may say what you like about yourself, but I look at a man who treats Natural History in the spirit with which you do, exactly as good for what I believe to be the truth, as a convert.6

Farewell my good friend with sincere thanks | Your true friend | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Hugh Falconer, 3 November 186[4].
CD refers to Gaspard Auguste Brullé. See letter from Hugh Falconer, 3 November 186[4] and n. 7.
See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 26 October 1864 and n. 5. Haeckel mentioned Rudolf Leuckart and Carl Gegenbaur as being among the converts to CD’s theory.


[Copley] Medal very great honour. Cordial thanks.

Chuckled over [Gaspard-Auguste] Brullé and pupils.

Splendid converts in Rudolf Leuckart and Carl Gegenbaur.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Hugh Falconer
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DAR 144: 35
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4656,” accessed on 12 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12