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From Anton Dohrn   31 May 1875

Summary

AD is aware of revolutionary character of his pamphlet [Ursprung der Wirbelthiere]. Authorities will not agree with him. Carl Gegenbaur and Ernst Haeckel are opposed. Younger biologists are disposed to accept his views. All he can expect is to put a stop to "the Amphioxus–Ascidian affair, and to open a road for speculation and for investigation on the side of the Annelid-homology".

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 216
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10003

From Anton Dohrn   29 July 1875

Summary

Regrets he is too busy to accept CD’s invitation to visit Down, but could only thank him again for saving the Zoological Station from shipwreck.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 217
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10101

To Anton Dohrn   13 July 1879

Summary

Thanks AD for the handsome Annual Report of the Zoological Station (1878). Rejoices at its success and its great service to science.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  13 July 1879
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 703)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12155

From Anton Dohrn   11 February 1880

Summary

Sends birthday greetings

and the good news of a subvention for the Zoological Station received from the German government. There are now 20 naturalists working at the Station.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 162: 218
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12471

To Anton Dohrn   15 February 1880

Summary

Thanks AD and the naturalists at the Station for their birthday congratulations.

CD has been awarded the Bressa prize of the Accademia delle Scienze in Turin, and it occurs to him that if the Station wanted some apparatus costing about £100, he would like to pay for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  15 Feb 1880
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 704)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12483

From Anton Dohrn   21 February 1880

Summary

Thanks CD for his offer. Suggests it be used to start a fund to pay travel expenses of English naturalists who want to come to the Station.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 162: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12497

To Anton Dohrn   27 February 1880

Summary

Leaves decision as to use of his gift to AD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  27 Feb 1880
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 705)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12501

From Anton Dohrn   3 March 1880

Summary

Thanks CD for his cheque for £100. Has told Secretary of BAAS Committee [for the Station], so that he may report it. [See O. J. R. Howarth, The British Association (1931), pp. 196–7.]

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 162: 220
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12508

From Anton Dohrn   18 February 1881

Summary

Belated birthday greetings

and reminiscences of CD’s help to the Station, which continues to prosper. A recent innovation is the establishment of the Zoologische Jahresbericht edited by J. V. Carus.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1881
Classmark:  DAR 162: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13056

To Anton Dohrn   22 February 1881

Summary

AD exaggerates what CD has done for science.

On the Zoological Yearbook, CD thinks it would be an excellent plan to give an account of zoological publications from all countries in a single work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  22 Feb 1881
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 706)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13062

From Anton Dohrn   9 February 1882

Summary

Birthday congratulations from the Naples Zoological Station. A new physiological department will be constructed. Describes work in progress at the Station.

Sends his paper on teleosteans.

Heard R. Owen read a paper at York [meeting of BAAS]. Owen had views similar to AD’s, but seemed not to be aware of work of others.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Feb 1882
Classmark:  DAR 162: 222
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13673

To Anton Dohrn   13 February 1882

Summary

Thanks for AD’s letter.

Owen has published a paper on the brain in relation to the mouth ["On the homology of the conario-hypophysial tract", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 16 (1882): 131–49]. CD cannot avoid suspicion that the original idea was borrowed from AD.

F. M. Balfour very ill. His death would be a great loss.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  13 Feb 1882
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 707)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13686

To Anton Dohrn   26 November [1867]

Summary

Thanks AD for his paper on "Morphology of the Arthropoda" [Rep. BAAS 37 (1867) pt 2: 82], a deeply interesting subject.

Suggests he examine specimens of Scalpellum.

Fritz Müller thinks CD is mistaken, but CD cannot persuade himself he was wrong in his observations on Balanidae [Living Cirripedia 2: 105].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  26 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Ana 525, Ba 694)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5698

From Anton Dohrn   30 November 1867

Summary

Pleased by CD’s letter; his object was to apply CD’s principles to the reform of zoology. When this is done, it is wonderful to see how improved one’s understanding of the Crustacea (Arthropoda) becomes. Cites examples.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov 1867
Classmark:  DAR 162: 203
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5701

To Anton Dohrn   25 December 1869

Summary

Thanks AD for his work. CD regrets he is not a better German scholar, but he must endeavour to understand AD’s views.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  25 Dec 1869
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Ana 525, Ba696)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7035

From Anton Dohrn   30 December 1869

Summary

He has gone through the whole embryology of the Crustacea and has arrived at a pretty well-established genealogy of the whole class; has even tried to write a history of the whole tribe. Finds he cannot adopt the old separation of Orders in the Class; the limits between them are indistinct.

Would like to study embryology of Limulus. Asks CD’s help in obtaining a female specimen.

Outlines his proposal to establish a marine zoological station.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 162: 204
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7038

To Anton Dohrn   4 January 1870

Summary

The Zoological Garden has only one old adult male of Limulus. When there were females, eggs were never observed.

Encloses a separate letter [7071] about AD’s scheme [for a zoological station].

Suggests AD be cautious [in his work]. "Caution is almost the soul of science."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  4 Jan 1870
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 697); Bibliothèque de Genève
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7070

DCP-LETT-7071

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  
Classmark:  unknown
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7071

From Anton Dohrn   13 January 1870

Summary

Thanks CD for his support and for his cautionary advice.

Will send his work on embryology of arthropods as soon as it is finished [Bau und Entwicklung der Arthropoden (1870)].

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Jan 1870
Classmark:  DAR 162: 205
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7076

From Anton Dohrn   28 February 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for Variation.

From his work on insect embryology he sees a great parallelism between insect and vertebrate embryology.

The zoological station is slowly advancing.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 206
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7520
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