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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Robert Swinhoe   9 February 1874

33 Carlyle Square | SW.

9 February. 1874.

My dear Mr. Darwin,

I sent my Certificate for the Royal Society to Professor Newton for his signature of recommendation1   He has signed and returned it, but writes at the same time as follows: “are you not transgressing the usual etiquette in yourself soliciting signatures?. I have always understood that candidates for the R.S. left that task to their Godfather, and I should advise you (if I may be allowed to do so) to consult Darwin in the matter. In my own case it certainly was so, and I never even saw my certificate, or knew who had signed it until after it had been read and suspended in the meeting room.”

I would much like your opinion in the matter; though I would like to note, that when I asked you to propose me, I had no intention of giving you so much trouble.

Your’s very truly, | Robert Swinhoe.

Footnotes

Swinhoe had evidently asked CD to propose him as a fellow of the Royal Society of London. Alfred Newton had himself been elected in 1870. Swinhoe’s candidacy was announced at the meeting of 5 March 1874 (Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 22 (1873–4): 228), but he was not elected until 1876. (Record of the Royal Society of London.)

Summary

Matters of etiquette concerning his certificate for the Royal Society.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9277
From
Robert Swinhoe
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Carlyle Square, 33
Source of text
DAR 177: 338
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9277,” accessed on 21 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-9277.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22

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