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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Anton Dohrn   7 September 1871

Summary

Reports on the international support he has obtained for the zoological station [see 7038]. Asks CD whether he will serve on a board of naturalists who would receive an annual report on the station.

Huxley is now convinced by AD’s views on homologies of the nervous system of arthropods, annelids, and vertebrates. Kovalevsky takes the same line but does not go far enough.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1871
Classmark:  DAR 162: 207
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7925

From Anton Dohrn   15 February 1872

Summary

AD is sorry CD thinks publication of Descent a mistake. The excitement shows it was necessary for someone to speak plainly.

His great difficulties (Italian indolence, dishonesty, hatred) in establishing zoological station. Can at last start construction.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 208
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8214

From Anton Dohrn   21 August 1872

Summary

Has reported on the Naples Zoological Station to BAAS meeting at Brighton. Hopes to open it in January. Is at work building up the library by contributions from publishers and naturalists.

Deplores Wallace’s "drifting away" and his association with such men as H. C. Bastian.

Disbelieves in ascidians as our ancestors. Has a substitute he is sure will please CD.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 209
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8481

From Anton Dohrn   28 August 1872

Summary

Will call on CD next year, when he will have worked out the embryology of Amphioxus; he believes it is not primitive but a degenerate form of fish. He believes the true ancestors of vertebrates are annelids.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 210
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8489

From Anton Dohrn   13 November 1872

Summary

Is amazed at Expression. Like CD’s former works, it contains the material and principles of a new science.

The Zoological Station is making good progress – now has a fine building. Hopes for a stable income from contributions of various governments.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 162: 211
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8624

From Anton Dohrn   27 January 1873

Summary

The Naples Zoological Station and its library are growing fast. His life is a constant battle with the municipality, but has managed to make a little progress on vertebrate ancestry and morphology. His views get further away from what is generally accepted.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 212
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8750

From Anton Dohrn   7 June 1873

Summary

News of Naples Zoological Station developments.

His remarks on physiology in the Academy were aimed at Prof. Ludwig and his school.

The usual "exact" methods in experimental physiology want only a little pushing to put an end to superstition.

Recounts how he had worked out the explanation of Rhizocephala morphology via the Anelasma – an example of both the power of inheritance and the power of genealogical investigation. R. Kossman’s work has now confirmed AD’s explanation.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 162: 213
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8937

From Anton Dohrn  12 February 1874

Summary

Birthday greetings.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 172: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9285

From Anton Dohrn   6 April 1874

Summary

His gratitude for CD’s gift. An account of his difficulties with the Zoological Station and his health.

F. M. Balfour has told him that CD would like to see the question of complemental males in cirripedes studied again. AD would like to enter the field and to study the whole morphological development of cirripedes.

Describes the interest in embryological work in Russia and Germany.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 162: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9394
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