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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier   [2 November 1877]1


I can assure you that I have felt deeply the honour, which the student at Univ E. have wished to confer on me by unanimously agreeing to propose my name as Lord Rector; & I shall ever remember this, their act with extreme pleasure, & all the more from having myself been a student at E. for 2 years.—2 I hope that you will express my feelings to the other students— But the state of my health renders it absolutely impossible that that I shd accept the honour, as I cd not withstand the unavoidable [excitement] & fatigue.—

Again tendering my heart-felt thanks | I remain Sir | Your ever obliged servant | C. D


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the telegram from ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier, [2 November 1877], and by the fact that the telegram was quoted in the Scotsman, 3 November 1877, p. 9 (the Scotsman is a morning paper).
Frazier had asked CD to allow his name to be put forward for the post of lord rector of Edinburgh University (telegram from ‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier, [2 November 1877]). CD had been a medical student at Edinburgh University between 1825 and 1827 (Correspondence vol. 1, Appendix I).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Although honoured by being asked, regrets the state of his health prevents his standing as a candidate for Lord Rector of Edinburgh.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
‘Bronsomerulay’ Frazier
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Source of text
DAR 202: 48
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11225,” accessed on 21 January 2021,