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From Francis Darwin to Lawson Tait   [30 March 1882]1

Down | Beckenham

Dear Mr Tait,

My father will be very glad to keep the proof of the medal and asks me to thank you cordially for it.2

Many thanks also for your kind expressions about his health; I think he is decidely better again3

Yrs very truly | Francis Darwin


The date is established by a pencil note on the letter in an unknown hand.
The medal was struck in connection with the ‘Darwin Prize’ instituted by the Midland Union of Natural History Societies (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter from E. W. Badger, 17 July 1880). The die for the medal was cut by Joseph Moore; one side showed a bust of CD and the other showed a branch of coral (Midland Naturalist 5 (1882): 159). The proof has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.
CD mentioned being very unwell for several days in his letter to W. D. Crick, 10 March [1882].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


CD will be glad to keep the proof of the medal.

He is decidedly better again.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Darwin
Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 221.5: 42
Physical description
ALS 1p (Photocopy)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13749,” accessed on 19 May 2024,