From Henry Johnson 8 October 1862
Oct 8 | 1862
My dear Darwin,
I am very much obliged to you for your very kind letter,1 and also for the Photograph, which is a capital likeness of you—& which I shall always greatly value.2 I should know it anywhere.
I did not know that the difficulty of getting into the R. Society was so great. There is no other scientific distinction except the F.R.S. that I should care to add to my name—but, I confess to have had always rather a longing for that but the sum paid by my brother always frightened me.3
From what you tell me about the number of Candidates on the list, I think I should hardly live to be elected for I am already 58.!!4
I dont think it is impossible that I might be able to get leave to send you a skull of the Wroxeter ox.5
Whenever we have a meeting of the Council I will remember to moot the question.6
Yours very sincerely | Henry Johnson
Doubts he has a chance of being elected F.R.S. because he is 58.
Will send a skull.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3754,” accessed on 28 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3754