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To T. H. Farrer   28 April 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap 28. 1873

My dear Farrer

If you should ever again take to insects & flowers, as I heartily hope you will, I advise you to get

Dr Hermann Müllers Befruchtung der Blumen durch insekten

Leipzig Engelmann 18731

For as far as I have read it seems to me to be an excellent book—

yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD’s annotated copy of Müller’s book on the fertilisation of flowers by insect agency (H. Müller 1873) is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 610–12). Farrer had published articles on the fertilisation of papilionaceous plants (Farrer 1868 and 1872) and CD had encouraged this work (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 20, letter to T. H. Farrer, 13 October [1872]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Farrer, Thomas Henry. 1868. On the manner of fertilization of the scarlet runner and blue lobelia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4th ser. 2: 255–63.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Müller, Hermann. 1873. Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten und die gegenseitigen Anpassungen beider. Ein Beitrag zur Erkenntniss des ursächlichen Zusammenhanges in der organischen Natur. Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann.


Recommends Hermann Müller’s Die Befruchtung der Blumen [1873].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
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Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/19)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8885,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21