RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1870. [Letter of apology regarding the honorary degree ceremony at Oxford]. The Times (20 June): 11.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 4.2007. RN2

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[...] N.B. The name of Charles Darwin, Esq., F.R.S., would have been included in the foregoing list, but he writes that his health is such that he "could not withstand the fatigue and excitement of receiving an honorary degree."

1 This is an extract from a letter by Darwin apologizing for not attending the honorary degree ceremony (for a D.C.L.) at Oxford in June 1870. Darwin later accepted an honorary LL.D degree from Cambridge in 1877. The same extract was reprinted in Nature (23 June 1870), p. 148.

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