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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. S. Craig   7 November 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

November 7th. 1872


I request that you will be so good as to inform the students to whom you refer, how truly I feel the great honour which they have conferred on me, by wishing to nominate me as Lord Rector of your University. But I am sorry to say that the state of my health renders it quite impossible for me to accept this honour.1

With my sincere thanks to your fellow-students & to yourself, I remain | Sir | Your obliged & obedient servant | Charles Darwin


Cannot accept honour of nomination as Lord Rector [of Aberdeen University].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Smith Craig
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Source of text
University of Aberdeen Library, Special Collections (MS 2289)
Physical description
ALS 1p & ADraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8606,” accessed on 24 March 2023,

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