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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Anton Dohrn   25 December 1869

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Dec 25 1869

Dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for your very kind present received yesterday, & I congratulate you on the production of your work which must have cost you so much labour, & which I trust will prove a memorable event in our science—1

The plates are magnificent & extremely clear. I almost daily regret that I am not a better German scholar but I must endeavour to understand your views.

With my best thanks I beg leave to remain | My dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Dohrn sent the first volume of Untersuchungen über Bau und Entwicklung der Arthropoden (Investigations on the structure and development of arthropods; Dohrn 1870) to CD on 11 November 1869 (Groeben 1982, p. 90 n. 11). A copy of this volume, inscribed to CD, is at Down House.


Dohrn, Anton. 1870. Untersuchungen über Bau und Entwicklung der Arthropoden. 2 parts. Leipzig: W. Engelmann.

Groeben, Christiane, ed. 1982. Charles Darwin 1809–1882, Anton Dohrn 1840–1909: correspondence. Naples: Macchiaroli.


Thanks AD for his work. CD regrets he is not a better German scholar, but he must endeavour to understand AD’s views.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
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Source of text
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba696)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7035,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17