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Letter 4183

Darwin, C. R. to Scott, John

23 May [1863]

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    Has written to Hooker for his advice about the Darjeeling position. JS should not refuse the position on account of his experiments.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 23d

Dear Sir

I have just received your two letters. I am really incompetent from complete ignorance to advise you. But I have done my best for I have written to Dr. Hooker, who must often have sent out superintendents &c &c & who knows Darjeeling well, for his advice.— He will do anything for me & as soon as I hear I will not lose a post & inform you.— Can you borrow his ``Himalayan Journals'', you will find much about Darjeeling.— If the offer is fairly good (especially as you are rather uncomfortable in present position) I would not refuse on account of your experiments. You will have plenty of opportunities.

I must not let you suppose that there is any chance of my aiding you to a situation abroad; my health is so broken that I rarely see a soul, & all such applications would be made to Kew or Edinburgh or Dublin— I have mentioned your wish to Dr. Hooker; but rather suppose that he would feel bound to recommend anyone whom he had known at Kew.— I have only glanced at your scientific letter; but I see it contains much interesting to me.— Do not expect to interest many others equally; but rely firmly on it, that such experimental researches as yours will have a permanent value, & will be referred to years afterwards, when the endless flimsy papers of the present day are forgotten—

Yours faithfully. | C. Darwin

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    f1 4183.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863.
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    f2 4183.f2
    Letters from John Scott, 21 May [1863] and 22 May 1863.
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    f3 4183.f3
    In his letter to CD of 22 May 1863, Scott had asked CD's advice about a post he had been offered in Darjeeling, India.
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    See letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 May [1863]. Joseph Dalton Hooker was assistant director at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and had travelled to Darjeeling in April 1848 (J. D. Hooker 1854b, 1: 114) to begin a three-year botanical exploration of the Himalayas.
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    J. D. Hooker 1854b, 1: 113--176.
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    f6 4183.f6
    See letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863 and n. 5. Scott was foreman in the propagating department of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
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    f7 4183.f7
    CD refers to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and the Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin.
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