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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Ernst Haeckel   31 December 1876

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Dec 31. 1876

My dear Häckel,

It is very kind of you to send me your new & improved edition of ‘Anthropogenie’ &c’ & I thank you heartily.1 I sent you lately a copy of my new book on cross-fertilisation, as I thought that you would like to possess the complete series of my works.2 But I knew that the present one would not interest you; & do not waste your time by acknowledging its receipt.

My dear Häckel | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


See letter from Ernst Haeckel, 30 December 1876 and n. 6. CD’s copy of the third edition of Anthropogenie: oder, Entwickelungsgeschichte des Menschen (Anthropogeny, or the developmental history of humans; Haeckel 1877) is in the Darwin Library–Down.
Haeckel’s name is on CD’s presentation list for Cross and self fertilisation (see Appendix III). Their letters crossed in the post; Haeckel acknowledged receiving the book in his letter of 30 December 1876.


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.


Thanks for EH’s Anthropogenie, 3d ed.

Sends Cross and self-fertilisation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Ernst Philipp August (Ernst) Haeckel
Sent from
Source of text
Ernst-Haeckel-Haus (Bestand A-Abt. 1:1-52/ 42 [9895])
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10739,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24