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To Albert Günther   9 February [1875]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Feb 9

My dear Dr Günther

I rejoice at the news in your letter, and heartily congratulate you in being fixed I hope for a long life in so honourable & important a position.2 Be so kind as to give my sincere congratulations to Mr F. Smith.3

Believe me to remain | Yours very truly | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Albert Günther, 6 February 1875.
Günther had recently been appointed keeper of zoology at the British Museum (see letter from Albert Günther, 6 February 1875).
Frederick Smith was appointed assistant keeper (see letter from Albert Günther, 6 February 1875 and n. 2).


Rejoices at AG’s "honourable & important" position [Keeper of the Zoological Department, British Museum].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
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Source of text
Shrewsbury School, Taylor Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9848,” accessed on 30 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23