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From R. M. Kettle   11 April [1871]1

My dear Sir/

I thank you for the promptitude with which you have complied with my request as well as for the trouble you have taken in correcting the proof slips.2 Pardon me if I venture to differ from you in considering your brief notes uninteresting though I could have wished them to be a little longer. The fact of having mentioned to you something entirely new in the region of natural history is no small triumph and your expressions of interest in Mr. Boners books and travels and observations must be gratifying.3

I have given many instances of a similar kind to shew the variety of his studies and researches and his intense interest in all earnest inquiries in science and natural history. I think if you do me the honour to read my book you will find that the career of the good and clever man who honoured me with his friendship was in all its varied detail well worth describing.

Within the last fortnight Me. Horschelt, Mr. Boner’s daughter, has lost her talented husband the companion of her dear father in his sports & travels & the illustrator of his works—Professor Theodore Horschelt, the distinguished historical Painter whose Circassian battle scenes were so much admired at the Paris Exhibition,—where they won him the gold medal.4 Me. Horschelt is left with two tiny children, in very delicate health and still mourning deeply for her father as well as for her beloved husband.5

For her sake I ask you to take an interest in the book I am editing for her & to look leniently on its deficiencies—

Again thanking you for your courteous assistance, | Believe me to remain, | gratefully & sincerely yours, | Rosa Mackenzie Kettle

Heathside near Poole

Tuesday, April the 11th.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from R. M. Kettle, 10 March [1871].
No letter to Kettle has been found, but see the letter from R. M. Kettle, 10 March [1871].
See letter from R. M. Kettle, 10 March [1871] and n. 4. Kettle refers to Charles Boner and Boner 1860, 1861, and 1865.
Boner’s daughter was Marie Horschelt. Theodor Horschelt illustrated Boner 1860. He won the gold medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1867 for his painting ‘Erstürmung der Verschanzung auf dem Berge Gunib’ (Storming of an entrenchment on Mount Gunib) (Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler).
Marie Horschelt’s children have not been identified.


Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. 37 vols. Edited by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann; E. A. Seeman. 1907–50.

Boner, Charles. 1860. Chamois hunting in the mountains of Bavaria and the Tyrol. New edition. London: Chapman and Hall.


Thanks CD for correcting proof slips quoting CD letters to Charles Boner, though she does not agree with CD’s too short comments.

Letter details

Letter no.
Rosa Mackenzie Kettle
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 169: 9
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7675,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19