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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Anton Dohrn   24 August [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug 24th

My dear Sir

Very many thanks for your kind & pleasant letter.—2 I heartily rejoice at the success of your great Naples undertaking; & I fully believe that you have thus done a great service to science.3 I shall be proud & pleased to send to your Library, whenever you desire it, a complete set of my books.—4

I do not know whether you will care at all about the little book, which I have just finished, but which will not be published till November; but I shall like to give you a copy & will send it to wherever I may hear that you are.—5 I suppose Jena will be the best place. I suppose from your letter that you will leave England immediately, & I did not know that you were now in England. Either now or when you next come to England, I hope that you will come & dine & sleep here; for though I cannot talk much with anyone, yet I shd thus be able to have several little talks with you, which I shd. much enjoy

With every good wish, | Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Anton Dohrn, 21 August 1872.
On Dohrn’s efforts to establish a zoological station at Naples, see the letter from Anton Dohrn, 21 August 1872 and n. 2.
Dohrn had requested scientific institutions and individual authors to donate their publications to the zoological station (see letter from Anton Dohrn, 21 August 1872).
Dohrn’s name appears on the presentation list for Expression (Appendix IV).


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 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.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Sent from
Source of text
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 700 & 700a)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8486,” accessed on 22 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20