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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Hector   14 May 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 14th 1872


I beg leave to thank you for your letter in which you inform me that the New Zealand Institute has conferred on me the honour of electing me an Honorary member; & I request that you will return for me my very sincere acknowledgment for this honour.—1

I remain, Sir, | Your most obedient servant | Charles Darwin

To | Dr. Hector


CD may refer to the diploma from the New Zealand Institute, which Hector signed as manager of the institute (see Correspondence vol. 20, Appendix III); no other letter from Hector on the subject has been found.


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


Acknowledges election as Honorary Member of the New Zealand Institute [now Royal Society N. Z.].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
James Hector
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Te Papa Archives, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (MU000279/001/0001/0001)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8328,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20