Discusses Darjeeling position. Thanks CD for advice.
Will send orchid paper [see 4087].
Botanic Gardens [Edinburgh]
I have just received your letter. I am sorry that I troubled
you at all about the Darjeeling situation, as strangely enough, though the Professor
asked me to consult you upon it, he has not allowed me time to hear from you before
requiring a decisive reply. The day following that on which I
wrote you, he told me that D
I may have erred in losing this opportunity of going abroad—as Prof. Balfour seems to think—in respect to my future; nevertheless, it is now at least consolatory, and will I doubt not be also retrospectively, to know that I have thus been afforded an opportunity to work out a series of interesting & instructive experiments.
I thank you most sincerely for the kind and active interest you have manifested: and I beg you to excuse me for the unnecessary trouble I have put you to in respect to the above situation; for I certainly did not think that an answer would have been required of me till I had heard from you.
I will be glad to hear from you when convenient, about any of the more interesting
questions of mine of the 21
In the meantime | I remain | Yours respectfully & obliged | J. Scott.
Thanks for mentioning me to Dr Hooker, though as you remark there would have been more hopes of his recommending me had I been at Kew. J. S.
- f1 4187.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863, and the letter to John Scott, 23 May .
- f2 4187.f2Letter to John Scott, 23 May .
- f3 4187.f3John Hutton Balfour, professor of botany at Edinburgh University and keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, had offered Scott a position with a proposed Cinchona nursery in Darjeeling, India (see letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863).
- f4 4187.f4Thomas Anderson was superintendent of the Calcutta botanic gardens (R. Desmond 1994).
- f5 4187.f5The reference may be to Mr Ryan, who, though not a trained gardener, was engaged to oversee the work of the native labourers in the Cinchona plantation at Darjeeling (Report on Cinchona cultivation at Darjeeling, p. 646).
- f6 4187.f6See letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863 and n. 5.
- f7 4187.f7Letter from John Scott, 21 May .
- f8 4187.f8Scott read a paper entitled `Experiments on the fertilisation of orchids in the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh' before the Botanical Society of Edinburgh on 14 May 1863; a summary of the paper was printed in the Edinburgh Evening Courant, 28 May 1863, p. 8. The paper was subsequently published in the Transactions of the Botanical Society [of Edinburgh] (Scott 1863a). There is an annotated copy of Scott 1863a in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
- f9 4187.f9Joseph Dalton Hooker was assistant director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. See letter to J. D. Hooker, 23 May , and letter to John Scott, 23 May .