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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   7 February 1875

Summary

Thanks to CD’s help Zoological Station has passed a crisis and is now flourishing.

Is writing pamphlet on "the origin of vertebrates and the principle of succession of functions" [see 9991 and 10003]. It is likely CD will not be pleased with it, but he thinks he must now, after seven years, bring it out. Seeks to open the way for a new series of theoretical questions.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1875
Classmark:  DAR 162: 215
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9845

To Anton Dohrn   [after 7 February 1875]

Summary

The Zoological Station has already resulted in "capital work" by F. M. Balfour and Ray Lankester. G. J. Romanes is coming next year.

CD will be interested in AD’s ancestry of vertebrates. "I shall be very sorry to give up the ascidians."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  [after 7 Feb 1875]
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 1120)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9852

To Anton Dohrn   24 May 1875

Summary

Thanks AD for his Ursprung [der Wirbelthiere (1875)], which astonished CD. AD’s views, if accepted by competent authorities, will show how much we have to learn about the history of every animal. Suggests caution on "degradation principle". Comments on other views in the work. Has long seen importance of the principle of "Functionswechsel" [transfer [change!?] of function], but never enunciated it as a distinct principle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Date:  24 May 1875
Classmark:  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 1122)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9991
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