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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Édouard Heckel   13 August 1878

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.) [Abinger Hall, Surrey.]

Aug. 13th. 1878

My dear Sir

I must write one line to thank you very sincerely for your kind note, & to say that I am well aware how greatly the knowledge of my works in France is due to you.1

With much respect, pray believe me, | Yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin


Heckel’s note has not been found, but was probably sent to congratulate CD on becoming a corresponding member of the botanical section of the Académie des sciences of the Institut de France (see letter from J.-B. Dumas and Joseph Bertrand, 5 August 1878 and n. 2). Heckel had translated Cross and self fertilisation and Forms of flowers into French (Heckel trans. 1877 and 1878).


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

Forms of flowers: The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877.


CD grateful to EH for making his works known in France.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Édouard Marie (Édouard) Heckel
Sent from
Abinger Hall Down letterhead
Source of text
Heritage Auctions (dealers) (13 and 14 December 2011, lot 37038)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11654,” accessed on 6 December 2021,