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Darwin Correspondence Project

To H. B. Tristram   3 March [1874]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 3d

My dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for all the great trouble which you have taken for Mr. Swinhoe & self. I have got another certificate & will send my servant up to London tomorrow & do my best to get the six signatures. It must be delivered on Thursday at the Royal Socy.—1

Again apologising for all the trouble which I have caused, & thanking you, I remain, | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The signed certificate proposing that Robert Swinhoe be elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London had been lost in the post (see letter to secretary, Royal Society of London, 2 March [1874]); evidently CD obtained six signatures on the new certificate as Swinhoe’s candidacy was announced at the meeting of 5 March 1874 (Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 22 (1873–4): 228). Swinhoe was not elected a fellow in 1874, but was successful when proposed again in 1876 (see Record of the Royal Society of London).


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.


Thanks HBT for all the trouble he has taken for Robert Swinhoe and himself. Will try to get six signatures on a new certificate and deliver it to the Royal Society in time.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Baker Tristram
Sent from
MR 3 74
Source of text
New York Academy of Medicine (MS 14)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9330,” accessed on 8 July 2020,

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