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From A. G. Dew-Smith   17 January 1875

24 Green St | Cambridge.

Jany 17th 1875

My dear Sir

Dr Foster has asked me to send the accompanying letter &c to you, and to ask you if you approve its being printed & a copy sent to each of the Naturalists who signed the first Circulating letter and also to each of the persons who gave a donation. The letter I have copied, was sent by Dr Dohrn to Dr Foster for this purpose, & the latter thinks it better to print it exactly as it stands, rather than to modify some few of the expressions wh Dr Dohrn has rather unskilfully used. A List of the Donors & the amounts will be appended if you approve of its being done.1

I have recently returned from Naples and left everything going on very satisfactorily. Sixteen out of twenty possible Tables are let, & are expected soon to be filled.2 Three assistants are now at the Station, to provide the Students with what they require, and to dredge the bay, & so ascertain at what times animals are in the best condition for investigation. Dr Dohrn also contemplates collecting animals for sale & in this way partly if not wholly to pay the expenses of the fishermen.

In a letter I recieved from Dr Dohrn this morning he says “I can now tell you, that the German Government has not disappointed me. The 1500£ are ours, and given without restriction, or condition as a well merited “cadeau’”’3

This will pay off the Contractor & so allow the Station to try what it can do on its own earnings.

Will you kindly let me know if you approve of the enclosed Circular &c

Believe me | Very faithfully | A. G. Dew-Smith.

To | C. Darwin Esq.


The original letter and circular sent by Dew-Smith have not been found, but see the letter from Michael Foster, 30 January 1875. The original letter concerned the successful appeal for funds for the Zoological Station in Naples that Anton Dohrn had founded. The appeal had been organised in Britain by Michael Foster. For one of the letters circulated in 1874, see Correspondence vol. 22, letter from Michael Foster, 17 June [1874].
Dohrn raised money for the Zoological Station by letting tables, or research space (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter from Anton Dohrn, 7 June 1873).
Cadeau: present (French). On the German government grant, see Heuss 1991, pp. 159–60.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Heuss, Theodor. 1991. Anton Dohrn: a life for science. Translated from the German by Liselotte Dieckmann. Berlin and New York: Springer Verlag.


Sends a letter from Anton Dohrn, which, if CD approves, will be printed with a list of all donors to the Naples Zoological Station. AGD-S has just returned from a visit to the Station and gives an account of its status. German government has made a grant.

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Albert George Dew-Smith
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 162: 174
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9822,” accessed on 5 August 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23