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To Henry Bence Jones   23 June [1861]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

June 23d

My dear Dr. Bence Jones

I am not an M.D. Should the University of Breslau think fit to honour me, I shall feel much gratified—2

With my thanks for your note, pray believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is provided by the reference to the University of Breslau’s honouring CD (see n. 2, below).
The degree of Honorary Doctor of Medicine and Surgery was awarded to CD by the University of Breslau in August 1861 (see letter from the University of Breslau, 4 August 1861). He received the diploma, transmitted by the secretary of the Prussian legation, in 1862 (see Correspondence vol. 10, letters from Maurice Alberts, 10 February 1862 and 13 February 1862). The diploma is in DAR 229.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Noting that he is not an M.D., he would be much gratified should the University of Breslau think fit to honour him.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Bence Jones
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Source of text
Walter R. Benjamin Autographs (dealers)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3194A,” accessed on 17 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9