Having tried all other sources for aid, JWS is forced to turn to CD's generosity. His financial position is bad; frequent and serious illness prevents him from working properly.
8 Bolton Road | S
You bade me apply to you if I wanted help. And this generosity has prevented me till I
have tried every other means— Those who should have
aided me for kin's sake would do nothing when I left the Survey—except old
I know not what I can do for you in return for any aid, unless your library wants the English Botany.— it is the only thing in my power. Pray let me send it you if you have it not.
I dont think I should have written now, had not a dear sister, as poor as myself, been in the last stage of illness— I shall probably have to follow her to the grave directly—& you know what all this involves.
Aid me, if you can, & command me in any way in return.
I am, Dear Sir | Yours gratefully | J W Salter
C. Darwin Esq
- f1 5535.f1Salter had asked CD for financial help in his letter of 31 December 1866 (Correspondence vol. 14), and CD recorded payments to him of £10 on 1 January 1867 and £5 on 19 May (CD's Account books-- cash account (Down House MS); see also letter from J. W. Salter, 4 January ). No letters from CD to Salter have been found.
- f2 5535.f2Salter had resigned his post as palaeontologist to the Geological Survey in 1863; he had earlier been apprenticed to the naturalist and scientific illustrator James de Carle Sowerby, and was also his son-in-law (ODNB).
- f3 5535.f3After resigning from the Geological Survey, Salter worked at local museums arranging their palaeozoic invertebrates (ODNB). On Salter's work on the `English Botany', see the letter from J. W. Salter, 4 January  and n. 6; on Salter's illness, see Secord 1985.
- f4 5535.f4See Correspondence vol. 14, letter from J. W. Salter, 31 December 1866. Salter and his wife, Sarah, had seven children (ODNB); on his wife's keeping a school, see also J. Secord 1985, p. 62 and p. 73 n. 26.
- f5 5535.f5There are copies of the five volumes of the Supplement to the English botany (W. J. Hooker and Sowerby [et al.] 1831--63) in the Darwin Library--CUL. Volumes 3 and 5 are in the form of monthly parts. A printed sheet at the back of the last part of volume 5, dated June 1865, contains an offer by Salter to make up incomplete editions. See also letter from J. W. Salter, 18 June 1867.
- f6 5535.f6Salter's sister has not been further identified; two had survived to maturity (Secord 1985, p. 62).