Feels he has no choice but to comply with the request of Council that he remain in office. Is reluctant to do so as his health has caused him to miss meetings and he has never once attended without suffering the next day. Cannot hold office beyond next anniversary meeting.
12 Upper Gower St
Saturday Morn. | March
My dear Sir
I feel that I have no choice in complying with the request of the Council, which you
have communicated to me in so very kind a manner, of remaining in the office, which at
present I have the honour to hold.— I confess, however, it is with
considerable reluctance, that I do this. Since receiving your letter, I have seen
Under the arrangements, you have made, I will certainly attend as often as my health permits, but I beg you will have the kindness to bear in mind, that I am still anxious to resign, should you find anyone to occupy my place, & that I cannot hold the office, which although so honourable to me, I have found very irksome, beyond the next anniversary.—
With thanks for your kind expressions regarding my health. | Believe me | My dear Sir | Your's very sincerely | Chas. Darwin
- f1 562.f1On 8 April this letter was read to the Council and CD was recorded as ‘agreeing to hold the Office of Secretary until the next Anniversary.—’ (Geological Society Archives (CM1/5)).