Has written to William Buckland, recommending EC for position.
Down, Farnborough, Kent
My dear Sir
You could hardly have applied to a worse person than myself to speak to
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 1188.f1The two Wednesdays preceding the letter from William Buckland, 15 July 1848.
- f2 1188.f2William Buckland was a member of the newly established Metropolitan Commission of Sewers, which was given responsibility for planning and constructing public works for the whole of the London area outside the City. Cresy was seeking a position as assistant surveyor.
- f3 1188.f3Buckland's sense of humour was considered coarse and his animated style of lecturing was called ‘undignified buffoonery’ by CD and other ‘earnest Victorians’ (Rupke 1983, p. 7). See also letter to Charles Lyell, [16 June 1848]. For detailed accounts of some of the meetings of the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers, see the London newspaper the Globe, 9 June and 15 July 1848.