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From F. C. Donders1   26 April 1872

Amsterdam,

26 Avril | 1872.

Mon cher & très honoré Monsieur Darwin,—

Ce n’est pas pour repondre à votre dernière lettre—à laquelle d’ailleurs je n’ai rien à redire—que je vous adresse encore une fois quelque lignes.2 Ce n’est que pour vous annoncer que l’Académie royale des Sciences, établie à Amsterdam, vient de vous conférer le titre de Membre étranger. Je ne sais que trop que vous ne pouvez nullement tenir à des hommages, dus à vos merites si éminents; mais j’ai osé croire que vous recevriez avec quelque satisfaction la preuve que la grande majorité des naturalistes et des physiologistes Hollandais a adopté la doctrine que vos études laborieuses et vos recherches ont établie.— Dans quelques jours, quand le Roi aura donné son approbation, notre secretaire aura l’honneur de vous communiquer officiellement la décision de l’Académie.3 Nous espérons donc que vous daignerez lui donner une reponse favorable.

Veuillez, Mon cher et très honorer Monsieur, agreer l’assurance de mes sentiments d’affection et de respect | Votre devoué | Donders

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 20, Appendix I.
Donders refers to the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. CD was officially made a foreign member on 11 May 1872, but no letter from the secretary or diploma has been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL (KNAW, Past members: www.dwc.knaw.nl/english/academy/past-members (accessed 27 January 2011)). In 1872, the king of the Netherlands was Willem III.

Bibliography

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

Translation

From F. C. Donders1   26 April 1872

Amsterdam,

26 April | 1872.

My dear and most honoured Mr. Darwin,—

It is not to reply to your last letter—to which besides I have nothing else to say—that I am sending you a few more lines.2 It is merely to announce that the Royal Academy of Sciences at Amsterdam has just conferred the title of Foreign Member upon you. I know only too well that you cannot prize the homage due to such eminent merit as yours; but I dare to hope that you might receive the proof that the great majority of Dutch naturalists and physiologists has adopted the doctrine established by your laborious studies and research, with some satisfaction.— A few days hence, when the King has given his approval, our secretary will have the honour of communicating the Academy’s decision officially.3 So we hope that you will deign to give him a favourable reply.

Please believe me, My dear and very honoured Sir, | Yours sincerely, with affection and respect | Donders

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original French, see p. 173.
Donders refers to the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. CD was officially made a foreign member on 11 May 1872, but no letter from the secretary or diploma has been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL (KNAW, Past members: www.dwc.knaw.nl/english/academy/past-members (accessed 27 January 2011)). In 1872, the king of the Netherlands was Willem III.

Bibliography

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

Summary

Royal Netherlands Academy of Science has elected CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8301
From
Frans Cornelis (Franciscus Cornelius) Donders
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Amsterdam
Source of text
DAR 162: 232
Physical description
ALS 2pp (French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8301,” accessed on 16 August 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-8301.xml

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

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