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From Edward Sabine to John Phillips   12 November 1863


Preparation for his address with particular concern that JP approve the part relating to [Adam] Sedgwick. Urges JP to sit at dinner with him as a sign of approval of the award [of the Copley Medal].

Admits his own dismay regarding the efforts of the younger geologists and zoologists to obtain the Copley Medal for CD on the grounds of the Origin and his anxiety about the next year’s award.

Author:  Edward Sabine
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  12 Nov 1863
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Misc. MS collection: Mss.Ms.Coll.200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4340F

To Edward Sabine   31 January [1854]


Declines the honour of writing a biography of Leopold von Buch, on grounds that he would not do it well; nor does he hold Buch so high as the world at large does.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  31 Jan [1854]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sa: 389)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1550

To Edward Sabine   5 February [1854]


Thanks ES for his note [missing]. CD had understood that what was wanted was a eulogy [of Leopold von Buch] combined with historical criticism, after the French practice. Agrees that historico-critical sketches of work of great foreigners have a place in Philosophical Transactions and wishes he had taste and capacity for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  5 Feb [1854]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sa: 390)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1552

To Edward Sabine   28 June [1854]


Is unequal to taking chair as President of Natural History Section of BAAS meeting in Liverpool. Very little fatigue or excitement brings on swimming of head, nausea, and other symptoms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  28 June [1854]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sa: 386)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1574

To Edward Sabine   23 April [1856]


CD and Hooker suggest Sir John Richardson for Royal Medal. Other suggestions are George Bentham, Joseph Prestwich, Albany Hancock.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  23 Apr [1856]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sa: 387)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1858

To Edward Sabine   16 March [1857]


Would rather not serve on Royal Society committee [for a North American exploring expedition]. Suggests subjects for geological investigation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  16 Mar [1857]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (MM4: 39)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2241

From Edward Sabine   3 November 1864


Announces that the Council of the Royal Society has awarded CD the Copley Medal.

Author:  Edward Sabine
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1864
Classmark:  DAR 177: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4651

To Edward Sabine   5 November [1864]


Thanks ES in connection with award [of Copley Medal].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine
Date:  5 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  Glenbow Archives, Calgary (M 4843, file 17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4660

To Edward Sabine   4 December [1864]


Thanks ES for his "splendid eulogium" [in Presidential Address to Royal Society on award of Copley Medal]. CD would have liked him to have said "a little more" about Origin.

CD feels no doubt about natural selection. Has heard from Germany of "a string of excellent men" who accept it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Sabine; President, Royal Society
Date:  4 Dec [1864]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (Sabine papers: 388)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4694
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