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Letter 6481

Dallas, W. S. to Darwin, C. R.

27 Nov 1868

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    WSD has been elected Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society after a sharp struggle. CD's support was greatly in his favour.

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    Has finished Für Darwin. It has been a difficult job.



27 Nov. 1868.

My dear Sir

I am sure you will be glad to hear that I have been elected, after a struggle of some sharpness from what I learn, to the Assistant Secretaryship of the Geological Society.— I must thank you for your share in this result, which, I believe, is not a small one, as your Testimonial was a particularly strong one, & bearing your name would naturally have great weight, & I have no doubt your personal influence with members of the Council has also been felt in my favour—

I am happy to have to tell you that after all the delay that has been caused by this business, I have succeeded in finishing the Translation of Fritz Müller,—I shall read it over to polish the English a little, insert tracings of the woodcuts & send it up to Mr. Murray without loss of time— It has been a heavy job, for although easy to read a great many passages require mature consideration in translating & the MS. parts, which all came at the end, gave me a good deal of trouble, the small German handwriting being almost too much for my eyesight by gaslight.— As the election has occupied every one's attention throughout the present month, I do not think the delay in publishing will be disadvantageous to the book.— I suppose I had better write a short preface indicating the general characteristics of the work & the principal additions.—

Believe me | My dear Sir | Your's very truly | W. S. Dallas

C. Darwin Esq. F.R.S. | &c &c &c

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    f1 6481.f1
    For CD's recommendation, see the letter to W. S. Dallas, 11 November [1868].
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    f2 6481.f2
    Dallas refers to his translation of Müller's book, Für Darwin (F. Müller 1864a; W. S. Dallas trans. 1869), and to the publisher John Murray.
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    For Müller's manuscript additions for W. S. Dallas trans. 1869, see the enclosure to the letter from Fritz Müller, 22 April 1868.
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    Dallas refers to the recent general election, held in November 1868.
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