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To Anton Dohrn   3 February 1872


Thanks AD for his article in Das Ausland ["Englische Kritiker und Anti-Kritiker über den Darwinismus", 49 (1871): 1153–7].

Mivart’s book [Genesis of species], which misinterprets CD’s views, has produced a great effect in England.

He has answered the point about incipient structures being useless in new [6th] edition of Origin.

His Descent has had immense circulation, but has met with approval of hardly any naturalists. He supposes it was a mistake to publish it, but it will pave way for a better work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  3 Feb 1872
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Ana 525. Ba 699)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8199

From Anton Dohrn   15 February 1872


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


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

To Anton Dohrn   24 August [1872]


Rejoices at success [of Naples Zoological Station]. Will send complete set of his books to the library.

If AD is interested, he will send a copy of Expression when it comes out.

Invites AD to visit Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  24 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 700 & 700a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8486

From Anton Dohrn   28 August 1872


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


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
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