Thanks CD for his promise of support and his flattering opinion of his qualifications for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society.
Yorkshire Philosophical Society | York
19 Oct. 1868.
My dear Sir
I have to thank you for your kind promise to interest yourself in my behalf in case of a vacancy occurring in the Assistant Secretaryship of the Geological Society, & also for the very flattering opinion you express as to my qualifications for the Office.— As regards Geological knowledge, of course I can make no pretence to be an original investigator, but I have been so long in charge of the Geological Collections in this Museum, & am so far familiar with Geological literature in various languages, that I hope I should not be found deficient in this respect in the event of my being appointed.—
I am working at F. Müller & will write to M
I have written you a long letter, & I fear you will think it a bothering one, but my desire to get back to London from my banishment is so great that I do not like to leave any stone unturned.—
Hoping that you are now enjoying good health, | I remain,
| My dear Sir | Your's always truly | W. S. Dallas
C. Darwin Esq. F.R.S. | &c &c &c
- f1 6423.f1See letter from W. S. Dallas, 12 October 1868. No letter to Dallas between 12 and 19 October has been found.
- f2 6423.f2Dallas had been curator of the museum of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society since 1858, and worked independently as a translator (Geological Magazine n.s. decade 3, vol. 7 (1890): 333--6).
- f3 6423.f3On Dallas's translation of Fritz Müller's Für Darwin (F. Müller 1866, W. S. Dallas trans. 1869), published by John Murray, see the letters from W. S. Dallas, 9 June 1868 and 12 October 1868 and n. 3.
- f4 6423.f4Dallas refers to Henry Michael Jenkins, the assistant secretary of the Geological Society of London, and his efforts to acquire the post of secretary to the Royal Agricultural Society of England; see the letter from W. S. Dallas, 12 October 1868.
- f5 6423.f5CD had already received a request from Jenkins for a testimonial (see letter to H. M. Jenkins, [after 1 October 1868]). Neither a copy of the list of council members of the Royal Agricultural Society, nor any testimonials for Jenkins have been found in the Darwin Archive--CUL; for the council members, see the Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (1868): i, xxix.