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To Friedrich Max Müller    15 October [1875]1


Oct 15

My dear Sir

I am greatly obliged to you for so kindly sending me your essay, which I am sure will interest me much.2 With respect to our differences, though some of your remarks have been rather stinging they have all been made so gracefully I declare that I am like the man in the story who boasted that he had been soundly horsewhipped by a Duke!3

Pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Friedrich Max Müller, 13 October [1875].
See letter from Friedrich Max Müller, 13 October [1875] and nn. 2 and 3. CD’s annotated copy of Max Müller’s essay, ‘In self-defence: present state of scientific studies’ (Max Müller 1867–75, 4: 473–549), is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
The anecdote is taken from an article by Thomas Babington Macaulay that first appeared in the Edinburgh Review ([Macaulay] 1827, p. 246).


[Macaulay, Thomas Babington.] 1827. The New Antijacobin Review.— Nos. I and II. Edinburgh Review 46: 245–67.

Max Müller, Friedrich. 1867–75. Chips from a German workshop. 4 vols. London: Longmans, Green.


Thanks FMM for his essay [see 10194]. Though some of FMM’s remarks are "stinging", they have all been made "gracefully".

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Charles Robert Darwin
Friedrich Max Müller
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DAR 146: 427
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10201,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23