RECORD: Vries, Hugo de. 1882.04.25. Letter to Francis Darwin. CUL-DAR215.9i. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

"Vries, Hugo de, 1848-1935. Dutch botanist and one of the first geneticists. Recollection of and CD letters to de Vries in W. Peter van der Pas, 1970, Janus 57: 173-213 (F2106, in Darwin Online) "the topics about which de Vries and Darwin were corresponding were not at all topics on evolution or heredity"." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)

Darwin, C. R. 1970. [Recollection of and letters to de Vries]. In Peter W. van der Pas. The correspondence of Hugo de Vries and Charles Darwin. Janus 57: 173-213. F2106

Emma Darwin recorded de Vries' visit on 14 August 1878 in her diary.

Hugo de Vries. 1882. [Biographical sketch of Darwin, with a portrait]. De Natuur (Utrecht): 154-159.



Amsterdam 25 April 82.

My dear Sir

I beg your pardon for offering to you and your honoured family the marks of my sympathy at the decease of your father. But I do so want to assure you, that his death is to me also a very great loss, because he was such a noble character, and always was so very kind to me. It ever gave me the greatest satisfaction if he would be pleased with what I could offer him of my scientific pursuits.

I take the liberty of sending you a newspaper, in which I wrote a short


article on the extraordinary merits of your father and the place of honour which he takes in the biological science of our day.

I remain, Sir

ever faithfully yours

Hugo deVries.


[Francis Darwin:] de Vries Answered

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