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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. S. Craig   4 November 1872

University of Aberdeen

4th. November 1872


I am commissioned by a number of the students of this University who are desirous of nominating you as Lord Rector, to enquire whether the state of your health, as currently reported, is such as to prevent your coming forward as a candidate for that office.1

I am | Sir | your obedient servant | John S Craig

Charles Darwin Esqr.


The lord rector of the University of Aberdeen is the students’ representative and chairman of the University Court; the rector is elected by the students and serves a three-year term. In 1872, Thomas Henry Huxley replaced Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff as rector (ODNB).


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


A number of students wish to nominate CD as Lord Rector of the University of Aberdeen and JSC inquires whether CD’s state of health would prevent his standing as a candidate.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Smith Craig
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
University of Aberdeen
Source of text
DAR 96: 112
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8596,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

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