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To W. A. Leighton   1 December 1840

12 Upper Gower St

December 1st. 1840


I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, announcing to me, that I have been elected an Honorary Member of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society.— I should be much obliged, if you would on the first fitting occasion, express my high sense of the honour, which has been done me, by the Members of the Philosophical Institution of my native Town.

I sincerely trust, it may long prosper and spread that taste for the Natural Sciences, to which it owes its foundation.

I beg permission to deposit in the Library copies of two small papers, which have lately been published in the last Volume of the Geological Transactions.1

I have the honour to remain | Sir | Your obliged and obedient servant | Charles Darwin To | W. Allport Leigton Esqre.—

Hon. Sec & Cur | of | the Shropshire Nat Hist. & Antiq. Soc.


‘On the formation of mould’ (Collected papers 1: 49–53) and ‘On the connexion of certain volcanic phenomena’ (ibid. 1: 53–86) were published in the Transactions of the Geological Society of 1840.


Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.

‘Formation of mould’: On the formation of mould. [Read 1 November 1837.] Transactions of the Geological Society of London 2d ser. 5 (1840): 505–9. [Shorter publications, pp. 124–7.]


Acknowledges election as Honorary Member of Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Allport Leighton
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Shropshire Archives (SA 6001/133/57)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 584,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2