To William Henry Sykes 20 December 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
As this note requires no acknowledgment or answer, I trust to your kindness to excuse my troubling you.2 Mr Blyth hears that there is some chance of a naturalist being appointed for the China Expedition, & he is very anxious to receive this appointment.—3 I think that it is of infinite importance that a skilled naturalist should go rather than a mere collector. Mr Blyth seems to me well fitted for the post, from having attended to several branches of natural history; & he has lately been specially attending to Chinese productions.—
Therefore I venture to hope that you may be favourably inclined to support the appointment of a naturalist to the Chinese Expedition & that Mr Blyth should have the place.—4 I do not know how far you are now directly concerned with Indian affairs; but your indirect influence must be great.—5
With apologies for troubling you, I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Urges appointment of Edward Blyth as naturalist on an expedition to China.