To Edward Sabine 5 November 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
It was with astonishment that I read the very gratifying contents of your letter.1 It has, indeed, been a most complete surprise to me. I had not even heard of the change in the gift of the Medals.2 Under every point of view it is a wonderful honour for me; very much more than I deserve. Allow me, also, to thank you most truly & cordially for the very kind expressions in your note.
Ought I to acknowledge the honour in a letter to the Council?3 Or shall I receive further notice? If I do not hear from you (for if I ought to write, I will trust to your kindness to inform me) I shall understand that I need not write
Pray believe me | Dear Colonel Sabine | Yours truly & gratefully | Charles Darwin
Colonel Sabine | F.R.S. | &c &c
Thanks ES in connection with award [of Copley Medal].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4660,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4660