RECORD: Anon. 1909. [Apocryphal retraction by Darwin after his death.] Brief aus dem Jenseits. Kikeriki [Austria] (21 February), p. 2.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by John van Wyhe 12.2019. RN1

NOTE: This amusing item that appeared in the Austrian satirical magazine Kikeriki was purportedly written by the ghost of Darwin.

English translation by John van Wyhe:

Letter from the beyond

With regret I hereby retract as incorrect my theory that man is descended from apes. I have been convinced by the study of St Peter and his disciples that, on the contrary, apes are descended from —clearly degenerate— humans.

Charles Darwin

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Brief aus dem Jenseits.

Ich ziehe hiemit meine Theorie, daß dar Mensch vom Affen abstamme, mit dem Ausruck des Bedauerns als irrig zurrück. Ich habe mich nämlich durch eingehendes Studium des Peter und seines Jungen Schul davon überzeugt, daß im Gegentail die Affen von —freilich entarteten Menschen —herstammen.

Charles Darwin m. p.

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