Thanks AD for his work. CD regrets he is not a better German scholar, but he must endeavour to understand AD's views.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
Dec 25 1869
I thank you sincerely for your very kind present received yesterday, & I congratulate you on the production of your work which must have cost you so much labour, & which I trust will prove a memorable event in our science—
The plates are magnificent & extremely clear. I almost daily regret that I am not a better German scholar but I must endeavour to understand your views.
With my best thanks I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
- f1 7035.f1Dohrn sent the first volume of Untersuchungen über Bau und Entwicklung der Arthropoden (Investigations on the structure and development of arthropods; Dohrn 1870) to CD on 11 November 1869 (Groeben 1982, p. 90 n. 11). A copy of this volume, inscribed to CD, is at Down House.