To Edward Sabine 23 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Colonel Sabine
As I probably shall not get to the speech of you today, I write to ask you what you think of Sir John Richardson, which occurred to Hooker (who is staying here) & myself whilst considering the Royal medals.— It strikes us a most appropriate award considering the high merit of the Fauna Boreali-Americana & of his late work on Fishes.2 Several of his later works, as the Zoology of the Voyage of the Herald come within the 10 years.3 His whole career will, also, tell forcibly.—
Forgive me for suggesting, that if you would propose him, I shd be proud to second him.—4
As I shall be soon off the Council, & as you take much interest in Royal Soc. permit me just to mention a few other names, which after much consideration, seem to me eminently well qualified for the Royal medal: viz (according to Hooker, & even what little I know) Bentham,5 Prestwich for his admirable Tertiary Geology6 —& Albany Hancock for Zoology;7 with respect to latter, Huxley was inclined to think that he had higher claims than Westwood.—8 By the way from remarks made by foreigners, I am quite easy that the award to Westwood was a sound one:9 I got frightened about it at one time & vowed to myself that I never would interfere again, & now I want to do so only indirectly.
Your’s very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
CD and Hooker suggest Sir John Richardson for Royal Medal. Other suggestions are George Bentham, Joseph Prestwich, Albany Hancock.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1858,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1858