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Darwin Correspondence Project

To H. B. Tristram   3 March [1874]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

March 3d

My dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for all the great trouble which you have taken for Mr. Swinhoe & self. I have got another certificate & will send my servant up to London tomorrow & do my best to get the six signatures. It must be delivered on Thursday at the Royal Socy.—1

Again apologising for all the trouble which I have caused, & thanking you, I remain, | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The signed certificate proposing that Robert Swinhoe be elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London had been lost in the post (see letter to secretary, Royal Society of London, 2 March [1874]); evidently CD obtained six signatures on the new certificate as Swinhoe’s candidacy was announced at the meeting of 5 March 1874 (Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 22 (1873–4): 228). Swinhoe was not elected a fellow in 1874, but was successful when proposed again in 1876 (see Record of the Royal Society of London).


Record of the Royal Society of London: The record of the Royal Society of London for the promotion of natural knowledge. 4th edition. London: Royal Society. 1940.


Thanks HBT for all the trouble he has taken for Robert Swinhoe and himself. Will try to get six signatures on a new certificate and deliver it to the Royal Society in time.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Baker Tristram
Sent from
MR 3 74
Source of text
New York Academy of Medicine (MS 14)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9330,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22