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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Charles Lyell   [24 September 1848]



My dear Lyell

Emma has this minute read to me out of the Times what Her Majesty has pleased to do to you.—1 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.—)


Lyell was knighted on 19 September 1848.


Congratulations on CL’s knighthood.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Lyell (1st baronet)
Sent from
Source of text
Lady Lyell (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1198,” accessed on 22 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4