Declines writing testimonial for AN for the Cambridge Professorship in Zoology. The post requires expertise in comparative anatomy and histology, whereas AN's work is on habits and colours of birds.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
As I have always held, if you will permit me to say so, a very friendly feeling & respect towards you, it is with sincere regret, I may say with pain, that I feel I cannot give you a testimonial for the intended Professorship, of which I had not previously heard; for in my opinion in the present state of Zoological Science it would be indispensable that a teacher should have especially studied comparative anatomy & Histology, & likewise have attended much to the invertebrate animals which exhibit such different types of structure.
If I am not mistaken, you have not published on these subjects, & have chiefly
attended to Birds, including their habits, instincts, distrubution and other such
philosophical points. I do not suppose my testimonial would be
of much value, & with not a few members of the University it w
Pray believe me | my dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4926.f1See letter from Alfred Newton, 27 October 1865 and n. 1.
- f2 4926.f2A full bibliography of Newton's publications, all of which were on ornithological subjects, is contained in the appendix to A. F. R. Wollaston 1921.