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Letter 4043

Darwin, C. R. to Secretary, K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin

16 Mar 1863

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    Thanks Academy on his election as a Corresponding Member.

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Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

March 16th 1863

Honoured Sir!

I beg leave to acknowledge your letter, received this morning, in which you announce to me the distinguished honour conferred on me, by my election as a corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Berlin.—

With my sincere thanks for this great honour | I beg leave to remain | Sir | Your most obedient servant | Charles Darwin

To the Secretary | Royal Acad. of Sciences

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    CD was elected a corresponding member of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences on 23 February 1863; the diploma sent to CD is reproduced in Appendix III. The letter referred to has not been found; however, it was probably written by either Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg or Johann Franz Encke, who, as the secretaries for the physical-mathematical section of the academy, were the joint signatories of the diploma. The academy comprised two sections: the physical--mathematical and the philosophical--historical; the former encompassed biological as well as physical sciences (Harnack 1900).
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