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.
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 D
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 D
Yours faithfully. | C. Darwin
- f1 4183.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863.
- f2 4183.f2Letters from John Scott, 21 May  and 22 May 1863.
- f3 4183.f3In his letter to CD of 22 May 1863, Scott had asked CD's advice about a post he had been offered in Darjeeling, India.
- f4 4183.f4See letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 May . 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.
- f5 4183.f5J. D. Hooker 1854b, 1: 113--176.
- f6 4183.f6See letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863 and n. 5. Scott was foreman in the propagating department of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
- f7 4183.f7CD refers to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and the Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin.