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From Albert Günther   14 February 1874

British Museum

Febr. 14th. 1874

My dear Sir

I have had great pleasure in signing Mr Swinhoe’s certificate which I return herewith.1

I am still engaged with the Gallapagos. Tortoises which prove to be much more interesting than I anticipated2

Yours very truly | A Günther


CD had asked Günther to support Robert Swinhoe’s candidacy for fellowship in the Royal Society of London (see letter to Albert Günther, 12 February 1874). Swinhoe was not successful until 1876 (Record of the Royal Society of London). See also letter from Robert Swinhoe, 9 February 1874.
Günther had asked CD about Galápagos tortoises in 1873 (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to Albert Günther, 12 April [1873]). Günther’s research on tortoises was published in A. C. L. G. Günther 1875 and 1877.


Signs Robert Swinhoe’s certificate [for the Royal Society] with pleasure.

Letter details

Letter no.
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
British Museum
Source of text
DAR 97: C39
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9291,” accessed on 19 July 2019,

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