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Letter 6803

Darwin, C. R. to Lankester, E. R.

25 June 1869

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    Testimonial letter for ERL, praising his ability, knowledge, and zeal for science.

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Down, Beckenham, | Kent.

June 25th, 1869.

I have read several of Mr. E. Ray Lankester's papers in various Journals, and have been struck by the ability and knowledge shown in them, and by his zeal for Science. Therefore in my opinion he would be well-qualified for giving Lectures on Biology, and for leading students along the right path.

Charles Darwin.

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    Lankester was a candidate for the Lee's Readership in anatomy at Christ Church, Oxford; he was unsuccessful (see Lester 1995, pp. 22--3). No letter from Lankester requesting a recommendation has been found.
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