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To Richard Kippist   31 March [1866]

Down Bromley | Kent

March 31

My dear Sir

Will you have kindness to grant me a favour. I have been for some time elected Honorary member of a few foreign Societies, & as I see everyone gives their titles in list of members I shd like to do so;1 but I have mislaid most of the diplomas, & do not know how they shd. be called.2 Will you have the kindness to enter them in proper fashion, & then pass on the list to the Royal Soc. for its list of members3

I am honorary member of the Royal Soc. of Berlin,4 =“Regia Scientarum academica Suecica” (which I suppose is same as Stockholm of which I am member)5 =Regia Scient. Soc. Upsalensis=6 =Nat. Cæs. Cur.=7 =Neuchatel,8 (but probably this is not usually specified)— Philadelphia=9 & Edinburgh.=10

By accident I have got two copies of little Book by Rütimeyer, so send one for Library of Linn. Soc.—11

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


CD mentioned that he had lost several of his diplomas in his letter to J. D. Hooker, 22 December [1865] (Correspondence vol. 13); in his reply of [23] December 1865, Joseph Dalton Hooker told CD that Kippist was responsible for maintaining the list of the Linnean Society’s members that included their titles and diplomas. CD’s extant diplomas are in DAR 229.
CD was elected a corresponding member of the Königliche-Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences), Berlin, in 1863. See Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix III.
CD was elected a foreign member of the Regia Scientiarum Academia Svecica (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) in Stockholm in 1865. See Correspondence vol. 13, Appendix III.
CD was elected a fellow of the Regia Scientiarum Societas Upsaliensis (Royal Society of Sciences of Upsala) in 1860 (LL 3: 376; DAR 229: 2).
CD was elected a member of the Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Naturae Curiosorum of Dresden in 1857. See Correspondence vol. 6.
CD was elected a corresponding member of the Société des Sciences Naturelles de Neuchâtel in 1863. See Correspondence vol. 11.
CD was elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in 1860. See Correspondence vol. 8.
CD was elected an honorary member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1865 (see Correspondence vol. 13, Appendix III). CD held a number of other honorary memberships; these are listed in LL 3: 373–6, and in Freeman 1977, pp. 107–10.
The reference is probably to Rütimeyer 1863. CD’s annotated copy is in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 718).


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

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

List of the Linnean Society of London. London: [Linnean Society of London]. 1805–1939.

List of the Royal Society. London: Royal Society. 1775–1924.

LL: The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Rütimeyer, Ludwig. 1863. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der fossilen Pferde und zu einer vergleichenden Odontographie der Hufthiere im Allgemeinen. Basel, Switzerland: Schweighauserische Buchdruckerei.


Asks [Secretary] to list the proper titles of foreign societies of which he is an honorary member; he has mislaid diplomas.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Kippist
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Linnean Society of London, Misc. loose letters, case 1: C. Darwin (4)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5042,” accessed on 30 October 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14