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From Albert Günther   14 February 1874

British Museum

Febr. 14th. 1874

My dear Sir

I have had great pleasure in signing Mr Swinhoe’s certificate which I return herewith.1

I am still engaged with the Gallapagos. Tortoises which prove to be much more interesting than I anticipated2

Yours very truly | A Günther


CD had asked Günther to support Robert Swinhoe’s candidacy for fellowship in the Royal Society of London (see letter to Albert Günther, 12 February 1874). Swinhoe was not successful until 1876 (Record of the Royal Society of London). See also letter from Robert Swinhoe, 9 February 1874.
Günther had asked CD about Galápagos tortoises in 1873 (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to Albert Günther, 12 April [1873]). Günther’s research on tortoises was published in A. C. L. G. Günther 1875 and 1877.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Günther, Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf. 1875. The gigantic land tortoises of the Mascarene and Galapagos Islands. Nature, 22 July 1875, pp. 238–9; 29 July 1875, pp. 259–61; 12 August 1875, pp. 296–7.

Record of the Royal Society of London: The record of the Royal Society of London for the promotion of natural knowledge. 4th edition. London: Royal Society. 1940.


Signs Robert Swinhoe’s certificate [for the Royal Society] with pleasure.

Letter details

Letter no.
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Charles Robert Darwin
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British Museum
Source of text
DAR 97: C39
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9291,” accessed on 24 October 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22