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From J. D. Hooker to Charles Lyell   30 March 1872

Royal Gardens Kew

March 30 /72

My dear Lyell

Prof Braun of Berlin has urged me to procure signatures to the enclosed approval of the new rules for the Leopold: Acad:1

Braun is so sound & good a man that I have no hesitation in signing a similar copy to that enclosed, & returning it as addressed.

If you do not object to sign enclosed copy, please do so, & forward it with this note

its to C. Darwin to sign, who will post the paper to Dresden as addressed2

Ever yrs | Jos D Hooker


Hooker refers to the Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Germanica Naturae Curiosorum (the German academy of sciences), known as Leopoldina. The new rules were introduced in order to establish a permanent home for the academy, which, since its inception, had moved its location to wherever the current president was based. As part of the reorganisation, in 1872 the new post of deputy (Stellvertreter) was created and Alexander Carl Heinrich Braun was chosen for the post (see Berg und Kaasch 2010).
CD became a member of Leopoldina in 1857; it was the first foreign society to elect CD to membership (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to Secretary, Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina, 8 September [1857] and n. 2).


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


Sends, for signature, a statement approving change in rules of the Leopoldino Academy [Dresden] to be forwarded to CD to sign.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
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Source of text
DAR 103: 107–8
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8261,” accessed on 29 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20