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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Anton Dohrn   8 September 1871

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sep 8 1871

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for yr long & interesting letter.1 Pray add my name to those to whom the annual report is to be sent; for I feel it an honour to assist even in so humble a way.2 I admire yr zeal in so good a cause, & I think you are quite right to take every precaution that you may not be unjustly accused of merely seeking some good for yourself. What enormous labour the scheme must have cost you; & this is the one point which I cannot help regretting, for it must interfere with yr valuable original researches. But do not let it thus interfere after yr plan is once well started.

With every good wish believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

My health has been very bad of late & for the last six weeks I have been able to do hardly anything.


Dohrn was attempting to gain support for a zoological station in Naples; see letter from Anton Dohrn, 7 September 1871 and n. 12.


Agrees to have his name on the list of naturalists to whom annual report [on zoological station] should be sent.

His health has been very bad for last six weeks.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Sent from
Source of text
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 698)
Physical description
3pp & AdraftS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7926,” accessed on 18 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19