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Letter 1198

Darwin, C. R. to Lyell, Charles

[24 Sept 1848]

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    Congratulations on CL's knighthood.




My dear Lyell

Emma has this minute read to me out of the Times what Her Majesty has pleased to do to you.— I am delighted for your sake & for the sake of Geology.— Pray give our kindest remembrances to Lady Lyell; how well it sounds.!

I must, however, say that I have mentally for some years back most heartily abused the Government for not having long ago by so small an outward token marked your public estimation. I am sure I do not know whether I ought not to apologise for congratulating you on such an occasion, but I am sure you will forgive me for being thoroughily pleased. I am equally in the dark whether I ought to direct this to you as I have done. I must just see how it looks so my dear Sir Charles Lyell

Farewell | C. Darwin

(Don't think of answering this.—)

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    Lyell was knighted on 19 September 1848.
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