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To J. D. Hooker   3 June [1858]

Down Bromley Kent

June 3d

My dear Hooker

I have received a Diploma of Cæs. Leopold. Acad.1 & Sleeman says it will depend on my generosity, whether I will pay for printing Diploma & Registration.2 I am utterly perplexed what to send. Do for Heaven-sake aid me with one line soon.— I do not want to give more than proper, but I am far from wanting to be shabby.—3 Pray forgive this trouble.

Ever yours | C. Darwin


CD had been elected to the Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Naturae Curiosorum, the German Academy of Naturalists, or Leopoldina, in September 1857 (Correspondence vol. 6, letter to the Secretary, Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Naturae Curiosorum, 8 September [1857]).
Berthold Carl Seemann, a German botanist who worked at Kew and was a friend of Hooker’s, had arranged CD’s nomination to the Academia (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to J. D. Hooker, 11 September [1857]).
CD’s Account book (Down House MS) records a payment of £1 4s. to Seemann on 5 June 1858. See also the postscript to the letter to J. D. Hooker, 8 [June 1858].


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


CD’s receipt of diploma from Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Academy [Dresden].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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DAR 114: 236
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2279,” accessed on 27 July 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7