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From Hermann Kindt   20 September 1864

Yarm, Yorkshire

20. Sept. 1864.

Esteemed Sir,

Allow me to express again my warmest thanks for your so kindly granting my friend’s request.1 Your autograph lines will give a peculiar and interesting value to the volume, for which they are destined; and, if possible, increase the obligations, under which you have placed—at least mentally—my friend, who, like all thinking and intellectual countrymen of mine, has warmly greeted the new era of thoughts and views, which sprang from your admirable works. I am sorry, that I cannot adequately express to you the warm feelings, with which young people especially cherish your name, although it cannot be of any moment to you, what and how an obscure individual thinks of your works and their intellectual influence: but I beg you will at least believe me to be, esteemed Sir, | your’s ever obliged | Hermann Kindt

Charles Darwin Esq. | M.A., F.R.S., etc.


CD had sent a handwritten copy of the last sentence of Origin 2d ed. to Kindt. See letter from Hermann Kindt, 16 September 1864, and letter to Hermann Kindt, 17 September 1864. Kindt’s friend has not been identified.


Origin 2d ed.: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1860.


Thanks for autograph.

Letter details

Letter no.
Hermann Adolph Christian August (Hermann) Kindt
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 169: 13
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4619,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12