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Letter 710

Darwin, C. R. to Waterhouse, G. R.

[Nov 1843]

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    Congratulates GRW on appointment to position at British Museum.

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Down, near Bromley | Kent

Thursday

My dear Waterhouse

I am indeed delighted at your news & most heartily congratulate you on your appointment having come so quickly & so satisfactorily—

I can only look at it as a step to future promotion; & may my prediction come true. Poor as the place at present is, after what you have gone through at the Zoological Society, the certainty of it must be a great comfort— I should think Kœnig was an odd fish, but I fancy from all I have heard, that he is a well meaning man.—

I suppose you will begin working like a Trojan at fossil Osteology—

With our united congratulations & kind wishes to Mrs Waterhouse | believe me | Most truly Your's | C. Darwin

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    f1 710.f1
    Waterhouse was appointed assistant in the Mineralogical Department of the British Museum in November 1843 (DNB).
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    f2 710.f2
    Charles Dietrich Eberhard König was in charge of the Mineralogical Department of the British Museum. Waterhouse worked mainly on fossil Mammalia.
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