From John George Children 21 February 1838
21st. Feby. 1838.
I take the liberty of troubling you with a Copy of a Letter addressed to the Trustees of the British Museum by a Mr. Edward Blyth,1 in which he accuses Mr. Geo. R. Gray of gross incivility and uncourteous conduct in the exectution of his official duties, as one of the Assistants in the Zoological Department in this Institution.—2
The Trustees have directed me to examine into the allegations contained in Mr. Blyth’s Letter,3 and, therefore, as you have sometimes had occasion to consult the Collections more immediately the subject of Mr. Geo. Gray’s duties, I request the favour of you to inform me, whether you have found the general tenor of his conduct courteous, or otherwise, and whether, from what you have yourself experienced, you think him capable or not of such behaviour as is attributed to him by Mr. Blyth?
The unpleasant duty imposed on me by the Trustees, and justice to both parties, induces me to trouble you with this application, an early answer to which will much oblige, | Dear Sir, | Your’s faithfully | (signed)—. John Geo. Children
— Andw. Smith
Messrs. Darwin | Yarrell | Audubon | Gould | Turner—4
In view of the charges directed by Edward Blyth against George R. Gray for gross incivility and discourtesy in discharging his duties as assistant in the zoological department at the British Museum, CD is asked by the Trustees to comment upon his own experience with Gray and to offer his judgment of these charges.
- Letter no.
- Children, J. G.
- Darwin, C. R.
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- Natural History Museum (Archives, Zoology department,
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 402B,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-402B