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To the secretary, Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences, Berlin   16 March 1863

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.—1

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


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).

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Secretary, K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin
Sent from
Source of text
Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (II–III–120: 67)
Physical description


Thanks Academy on his election as a Corresponding Member.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4043,” accessed on 1 June 2016,