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From Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff   3 February 1868

Prussian Embassy

February 3d. 1868.


I have the honor of transmitting to you herewith a Letter by which the General Order Office at Berlin informs you that His Majesty the King,1 my Gracious Sovereign, has been pleased to confer upon you the Order Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, and in which are enclosed the Insignia and the Statute of the Order2

It gives me great satisfaction to be one of the first to congratulate you on the high honor thus conferred upon you, and I avail myself with pleasure of this opportunity to assure you of the most distinguished consideration with which I have the honor to be

Sir, | Your obedient servant | Bernstorff

Dr. Charles Darwin | Athenaeum.


Wilhelm I of Prussia.
See letter from the Commission générale des Ordres Royaux, 24 January 1868. In the Darwin Archive–CUL (DAR 229: 19) there is a copy of the register of members of the Royal Prussian Order of Merit in the Sciences and Arts, together with a copy of the Act of Foundation. CD’s name has been added to the register by hand.


His Majesty the King of Prussia has conferred upon CD the Order, Pour le Mérite, for Sciences and Arts.

Letter details

Letter no.
Albrecht Bernstorff, Graf von Bernstorff
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Prussian Embassy
Source of text
DAR 160: 177
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5836,” accessed on 20 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16