RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1900. [Letter to L. A. Reeve supporting his election to the Royal Society]. In James Cosmo Melvill, Lovell Reeve: a brief sketch of his life and career, with a fragment of an autobiography, excerpts from his diary (1849), and correspondence. Journal of Conchology 9 (July): 344-357, p. 352.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 3.2008. RN1

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Letter from Mr. Darwin offering in the kindest terms to sign my certificate for the Royal Society: "I have heard an account with what uncommon zeal you have pursued natural history and on this ground I shall be happy to append my signature to your paper, and to wish you all success. I hope for the honour of that Society your being in the publishing trade cannot be the smallest objection to you."

[Lovell Augustus Reeve (1814-1865), conchologist and publisher. Despite Darwin's support, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to become a fellow of the Royal Society.]

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