To J. D. Hooker 23 May 
My dear Hooker
You can confer a real service on a good man, John Scott, the writer of the enclosed letter, by reading it & giving me your opinion.—1 I assure John Scott is a truly remarkable man.— The part struck out is merely that he is not comfortable under Mr. Macnab,2 & this part must be considered as private. Now question is what think of you of the offer? Is expence of living high at Darjeeling? I may say it is healthy?— Will he find opportunity for experimental observations which are a passion with him.? It seems to me rather low pay. Will you advise me for him?—3
I shall say that as far as experiments in hand at Bot. Garden in Edinburgh are concerned, it would be a pity to hesitate to accept the offer.—4 J. Scott is head of propagating department. I know you will not grudge aiding by your advice a good man.— I shall tell him that I have not slightest power to aid him in any way for appointment—
Yours affecly | C. Darwin
I shd. think voyage out & home ought to be paid for??
Seeks advice for John Scott on job offer in India.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4180,” accessed on 19 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4180