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From Hugh Falconer to William Sharpey   25 October 1864


Describes CD’s qualifications for Copley Medal.

Author:  Hugh Falconer
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  25 Oct 1864
Classmark:  DAR 144: 475
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4644

To [William Sharpey]   [1853–72?]


If Hooker [presumably Joseph Dalton Hooker] knows he is proposed [for something at the Royal Society?] he will enquire if he can attend.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  [1853–1872?]
Classmark:  Duke University, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library (letter album compiled by William Sharpey, secretary of the Royal Society of London)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13892

To William Sharpey   9 April [1857]


Recommendations of books of general interest [for the Royal Society library]. These include [Louis] Agassiz’s works, [William] McGillivray’s [History of] British birds, and David Low’s [On the domesticated animals of the British Islands].

Comments on current candidates for the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  9 Apr [1857]
Classmark:  DAR 249: 128 (photocopy)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2073F

To William Sharpey   22 May [1857]


Agrees with Thomas Henry Huxley that Albany Hancock has a good claim on a Royal Society medal. Thinks that geology has not been sufficiently honoured by the Royal Society, and suggests Joseph Prestwich. Expresses his strong opinion that Charles Lyell would be a worthy recipient of the Copley Medal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  22 May [1857]
Classmark:  D. and E. Lake Ltd (dealers) (June 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2093F

To William Sharpey   2 June [1857]


Supports nomination of John Lindley for award of Royal Medal of the Royal Society.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  2 June [1857]
Classmark:  Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Lowell Autograph File 84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2100

To William Sharpey, Secretary, Royal Society   24 January [1857]


Feels unqualified to offer advice on research by the expedition; he has never attended to natural history of the region. Suggests collecting Carboniferous plants and studying the geographical extension of sea-borne erratic boulders.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  24 Jan [1857]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (MC17: 336)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2206

To William Sharpey   28 October [1860]


Testimonial for Daniel Oliver’s candidacy as Professor of Botany [DO was Professor of Botany, University College London, 1861–88].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Sharpey
Date:  28 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 70 (EH)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2967
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