To Edward Cresy [5 or 12 July 1848]1
Down, Farnborough, Kent
My dear Sir
You could hardly have applied to a worse person than myself to speak to Dr. Buckland,2 for I have a strong prejudice against him and I have no doubt he returns it with compound interest. But I have thought that he would at least believe my word and have accordingly just written him a long letter, telling him what you say and adding a good deal more from my personal knowledge of you and excellent opinion of your abilities. I have written very cautiously on my own part, so that I feel sure my recommendation can do you no harm, and I should be much pleased if it did you any good. I have told him that I have ventured to recommend you to call on him, and I think you had certainly better do so, whether he may or not choose to see you.— Under a coarse joking manner in my opinion he hides a worldly vain disposition; but he is decidedly very good-natured.—3 I can only again say that I heartily hope that you may be successful. I assure you I have expressed strongly my opinion of your high merits.
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Has written to William Buckland, recommending EC for position.