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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Edward Atkinson   9 June 1877

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington S.E.R.) [Leith Hill Place, Surrey.]

June 9th. 1877

Sir

I am greatly obliged to the Council for their wish to offer a grace to the Senate for conferring on me the Honorary Degree of L.L.D..— I should consider this as an extraordinary honour, & it would be particularly gratifying to me as coming from the University at which I was formerly a student.1 I feel, however, bound to add that my health is so precarious that I may be prevented, when the day arrives, from attending to receive this honour.— Permit me further to return to you my sincere thanks for your very kind & courteous letter.2

I beg leave to remain, Sir | Your obedient servant | Charles R. Darwin

To the | Vice-Chancellor.—

Footnotes

For previous correspondence about the offer to CD of the honorary degree of doctor of laws (LLD), see the letter to G. H. Darwin, 30 May [1877] and n. 2. CD entered Christ’s College, Cambridge, in January 1828 (ODNB); he obtained a BA in 1831 (Freeman 1978).
The letter from Atkinson has not been found.

Bibliography

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.

Summary

Pleased that a Grace has been submitted to confer on CD an honorary LL.D.; hopes his health will permit him to attend the ceremony.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10993
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Edward Atkinson
Sent from
Leith Hill Place Down letterhead
Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 6582: 377)
Physical description
2pp & Adraft 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10993,” accessed on 16 May 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10993.xml

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