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To William Ogle   5 May [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 5th

My dear Dr. Ogle

I think the “Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten by Dr. H. Müller 1873 Leipzig” (1 vol. with 478 pages), would be well worth your getting; for besides many excellent original observations, it seems a perfect index for Germany & Italy of all that has been done.—2

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to H. Müller 1873. CD was reading the book in May 1873 (see letter to Hermann Müller, 5 May 1873).
Ogle had published three papers on the fertilisation of plants (see Ogle 1869, 1870a, and 1870b). CD had lent Ogle a paper on this topic; see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from William Ogle, 2 September 1868. H. Müller 1873, pp. 3–27, included a review of all the literature on the subject.


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

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.

Ogle, William. 1869. The fertilisation of Salvia and of some other flowers. Popular Science Review 8: 261–73.


Recommends H. Müller’s Die Befruchtung den Blumen durch Insekten (1873).

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
William Ogle
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James P. Evans (private collection)
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1p cov

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8901F,” accessed on 6 December 2021,

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