To Anton Dohrn 3 February 1872
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
Feb 3 1872
My dear Sir
I am very much obliged to you for having sent me your interesting article in Das Ausland I infer that there will be a second article; & if you have a spare copy I should be grateful for it.1 I am particularly glad that you were struck with Huxley’s article, which seems to me inimitably good.2 You will have heard that his health has failed & that he has gone to Egypt for 3 months. I believe he intends on his return to visit your establishment at Naples, which I hope flourishes.3
I believe you are quite right about the cause of Wallace’s sad falling away.4 Mr Mivart’s book has produced a great effect in England.5 He much misrepresents my views. The point which seems to have struck most readers in England is about incipient structures not being of use. I have therefore answered this point in some detail in a new edition of the Origin which will soon appear, & of which I will send you a copy for the chance of your liking to read this part.6
I did not know until reading your article that my Descent of Man had excited so much furor in Germany.7 It has had an immense circulation in this country8 & in America; but has met the approval of hardly any naturalists as far as I know. Therefore I suppose it was a mistake on my part to publish it; but any how it will pave the way for some better work—
Believe me | my dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8199,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8199