To William Sharpey 28 October 1
15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne
My dear Dr. Sharpey
I hear that Mr. Oliver is candidate for Professorship of Botany.2 Therefore I trouble you with a few lines to be laid, if you think fit, before the Committee.
I have lately had much correspondence with Mr. Oliver on certain physiological points, which I have been investigating; & I have been quite impressed at the range of his knowledge on facts buried in all sorts of foreign publications. I have been even more impressed at the philosophical caution he has shown in sifting the evidence on certain points laid before him, & in suggesting new experiments. In my judgment, whatever that may be worth, his mind is of a high philosophical order—3 Pray excuse brevity as my daughter is most dangerously ill—
My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
(of Down, Bromly, Kent)
Testimonial for Daniel Oliver’s candidacy as Professor of Botany [DO was Professor of Botany, University College London, 1861–88].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2967,” accessed on 24 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2967