Frederick Bateman an Ernst Haeckel, Norwich, 13. August 1875
Norwich Aug 13. 1875.
Dear Sir and Honoured Colleague,
I am just now engaged in writing a work on Darwinism, and as I intent to make illusion to you valuable and highly scientific work on the History of Evolution, & particularly wish to introduce a description of the „Moners“. As there is at present no English translation of your Schopfungsgeschichte, I thought it would interest || English readers, if I introduced a plate, in my translation of your description. I therefor face write to ask whether you will permit me to copy the simple moners as depicted at page 167, also figures II & 12 in Tafel I?
My description will there be better understood, but I should not copy them without your knowledge and permission. Having obtained your leave, || perhaps I can obtain the block or clichet form your publishers, if not I must get it copied.
I send you by this post a short essay on Darwinism by which you will see that I am opposite your views, but I feel some this will not influence you in granting the favour I ask of you.
The book I am writing will be an expansion of this pamphlet, and the same views developed at greater length.
I think the connection of the doctrine of Evolution with Language is a most important one, and that, hitherto it has been too much overlooked.
May I ask you whether || any treatises upon Darwinism and Language have appeared in Germany since Schleicher’s, as I am desirous not to ignore the literature of the Fatherland.
I am Dear Sir and honoured Colleague
Yours very sincerely
I am aware that there is an English translation of your „Monographie der Moneren“, but your „Schopfungsgeschichte“ is not to well known to the English as it deserves to be.