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To C. G. Ehrenberg   30 December 1873

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Dec 30. 73

Dear & honoured Sir,

Owing to some delay in the transit, I received only yesterday your letter of Oct. 20th, together with your extremely kind present of your last work.1 That a veteran who has done such great service for Science, & one whom I have reverenced for between 30 & 40 years, should esteem me worthy of receiving this present with its flattering inscription2 & your generous letter, is in my judgment one of the greatest honours which could possibly be conferred on me.

Pray accept my sincere thanks and with profound respect, | I beg leave to remain | Honoured Sir | Yours very truly obliged | Charles Darwin


See letter from C. G. Ehrenberg, 20 October 1873 and n. 2. The reference is to Ehrenberg 1873. CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.
The inscription reads, ‘Dem hochzuverehrsten Weltumsegler und Naturforscher | Charles Darwin | in herzliche Anerkennung seines wichtigen Beitragen | der Verfasser’ (To the most highly honoured circumnavigator and naturalist, Charles Darwin, in heartfelt recognition of his important contributions. The author).


Ehrenberg, Christian Gottfried. 1873. Mikrogeologische Studien über das kleinste Leben der Meeres-Tiefgründe aller Zonen und dessen geologischen Einfluss. Abhandlungen der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin (1873): 131–98.


Thanks CGE for gift of his latest work [Mikrogeologische Studien (1873)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
Sent from
Source of text
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Nachlass Ehrenburg Nr. 321)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9192,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

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