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From Maurice Alberts1   10 February 1862

Prussian Legation | London

Feb. 10. 1862


The University of Breslau has transmitted to this Legation a letter and a Doctor Diploma for you,2 and I request you to let one know whether you expect to come to London soon so that you might call for the same or whether I shall forward it to you by rail.—3

I am | Sir | Your obd servt | M. Alberts. | Secretary


The name of Alberts, the secretary of the Prussian embassy in London, is wrongly transcribed in Correspondence vol. 9 and in the Calendar (Supplement) as ‘H. Albertof’.
At the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the University of Breslau (2–4 August 1861), CD was awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine and surgery by the Faculty of Medicine (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter from the University of Breslau, 4 August 1861). The diploma is in DAR 229 (see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IX).
CD’s reply has not been found, but see the letter from Maurice Alberts, 13 February 1862.


Calendar: A calendar of the correspondence of Charles Darwin, 1821–1882. With supplement. 2d edition. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Has received diploma from the University of Breslau [honorary doctorate in medicine and surgery]. Should he forward it or will CD pick it up in London? [See 3226a and 3446.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Maurice Alberts
Charles Robert Darwin
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Prussian Legation, London
Source of text
With DAR 229 and 230
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3442A,” accessed on 17 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10