Darwin, Charles

Charles Darwin an Ernst Haeckel, Down, 18. August [1866]

DOWN. | BROMLEY. | KENT. S. E. | Aug 18

My dear Sir

I received a few days ago a sheet of your new work, & have read it with great interest. You confer on my book, the “Origin of Species”, the most magnificent eulogium which it has ever received, & I am most truly gratified, but I fear if this part of your work is ever || criticized, your reviewer will say that you have spoken much too strongly. Your abstract seems to me wonderfully clear & good; & one little fact shews mea how clearly you understand my views, namely your bringing prominently forward, which no one else has ever doneb , the fact & the cause of Divergence of Character. Oddly enough, as it now appears to me, it was many years before || I clearly saw the necessity of admitting a tendency to divergence of character, & some more years until I could see the explanation.

I have read with much interest your discussion on Inheritance &cc ; & all the more so as I give in my next work, which will not be published for half a year, several chapters on this & other allied subjects. So that I shall feel very curious to read your remaining chapters when published; but it is a terrible evil to me that I cannot read || more than one or two pages at a time of German, even when written as clearly as is your book.

I suppose you have seen Prof. Claus new work on Copepoda in which he discusses individual variability, & alludes to your work; I have been interested by it. I heartily congratulate you that your great undertaking is so nearly completed & with my cordial thanks for the great honour which you have done me & with a full belief that you will do excellent service in the cause which we have both at heart, I remain my dear Sir

yours very sincerely Ch. Darwin

a eingef.: me; b eingef.: , which no one else has ever done,; c eingef.: &c



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