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 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4180