To the President and Council of the Geological Society of London1 24 March 1840
12 Upper Gower St
March 24th 1840
It is with much regret, that I feel myself compelled, from the state of my health to resign the office of one of your secretaries. The only apology I can offer, for not having taken this step before the day of the Anniversary,2 which probably would have been more convenient, is, that I did not at that time anticipate its necessity, and the regret I felt at giving up so very honourable a post led me to defer it, as long as I was able.— Should there be any delay in filling my place, I shall be happy to attend in it, as often as my health permits
I have the honour to remain | Gentlemen | Your obedient servant | Charles Darwin3 To the President and Council | of the Geological Society.
Regrets that state of his health forces him to resign as one of the Secretaries of the Society.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 561,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-561