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Darwin Correspondence Project

To M. J. S. Schultze   [after 4 August 1868]1


Honoured Sir

Absence from Home has prevented me from having sooner received & acknowledged your letter of August 4th.—2 But I have now had the high satisfaction of receiving the Diploma of my degree as Hon. Doctor of the University of Bonn, & I have been greatly gratified by this distinguished honour. having been conferred on me.—3 Permit me to add that my pleasure has been enhanced in the highest degree by observing the name appended to the Diploma, & by the share which you yourself have taken in awarding me this honour—

With the greatest respect, I beg leave to remain.

Your obedient servant | C. Darwin


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from M. J. S. Schultze, 4 August 1868. CD wrote this draft on the back of Schultze’s letter. The letter that was sent to Schultze has not been found.
See letter from M. J. S. Schultze, 4 August 1868. CD was at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight from 17 July to 20 August 1868 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
For the diploma from the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität at Bonn, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix III.


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


Expresses gratitude for the distinguished honour conferred upon him by the University of Bonn.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Max Johann Sigismund Schultze
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 96: 57
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6304,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

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