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From Edward Sabine   3 November 1864

The Royal Society, | Burlington House, | W.

3d Nov 1864

My dear Sir

It gives me very sincere pleasure to inform you that the Council of the Royal Society have awarded you the Copley Medal for the eminent services you have rendered in the three departments of geology zoology and botany.1 I hope that your health will permit you to attend at the Anniversary Meeting on the 30th Inst. when I may have the pleasure of delivering the Medal to you.2

I beg that you will be so kind as to present my best compliments and congratulations to Mrs Darwin and believe me to remain | very sincerely yours | Edward Sabine

Charles Darwin Esq


On 3 November 1864, the Council of the Royal Society voted to award CD the Copley Medal ‘for his important Researches in Geology, Zoology, and Botanical Physiology’ (Royal Society, Council minutes).
Sabine refers to the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society on 30 November 1864. As president of the Society, Sabine wrote the address in which the recipients of the Society’s medals were honoured (a portion of Sabine 1864 is transcribed in Appendix IV).


Sabine, Edward. 1864. [Anniversary address, 30 November 1864.] Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 13 (1863–4): 497–517.


Announces that the Council of the Royal Society has awarded CD the Copley Medal.

Letter details

Letter no.
Edward Sabine
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Royal Society
Source of text
DAR 177: 1
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4651,” accessed on 25 June 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12