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To Gustav Jäger   17 February 1870

Feb. 17— 1870

Dear Sir

You will see, by the enclosed letter that I wrote to you in September to express my feelings about your work; and since which time I have received another copy of your book from yourself.1 I addressed the enclosed letter to the Zoological Gardens at Vienna; & it seems to have travelled all over Germany, & was returned to me this morning by the Post-Office.—2 I will address this to your publisher at Stuttgart.— I fear that you must have thought me very ungrateful to have taken no notice of your kind present, & this causes me much pain.—

Believe me dear Sir with much respect. | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


See Correspondence vol. 17, letter to Gustav Jäger, 9 September 1869. There is an annotated copy of Jäger’s book, Darwin’sche Theorie und ihre Stellung zur Moral und Religion (Jäger [1869]) in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 429); CD’s other copy is now in the library of the Linnean Society of London.
Jäger had left the Zoological Gardens of Vienna in 1866 and in 1867 became professor of zoology and anthropology at the Hohenheim Academy near Stuttgart (DBE).


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

DBE: Deutsche biographische Enzyklopädie. Edited by Walter Killy et al. 12 vols. in 14. Munich: K. G. Saur. 1995–2000.

Jäger, Gustav. [1869.] Die Darwin’sche Theorie und ihre Stellung zur Moral und Religion. Stuttgart: Julius Hoffman.

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.


Encloses his letter to GJ [6885], which was returned.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Gustav Jäger
Sent from
Source of text
Frau Dr Hildegard Jaeger (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7111,” accessed on 23 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18