To Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins [1848–51]1
I have much pleasure in sending my testimony to your skill as an artist both in drawing and engraving, and in several departments of Natural History, and if I may be permitted to add, of your general intelligence and knowledge.2 On the many occasions when I have had to meet you, I have invariably found your disposition to be most obliging.3
With best wishes for your success. Your’s faithfully, | (Signed) C. Darwin, F.R.S. &c. &c.4
Testimonial recommending B. Waterhouse Hawkins [for a teaching post].