To John Scott 23 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I have just received your two letters.2 I am really incompetent from complete ignorance to advise you.3 But I have done my best for I have written to Dr. Hooker, who must often have sent out superintendents &c &c & who knows Darjeeling well, for his advice.—4 He will do anything for me & as soon as I hear I will not lose a post & inform you.— Can you borrow his “Himalayan Journals”, you will find much about Darjeeling.—5 If the offer is fairly good (especially as you are rather uncomfortable in present position) I would not refuse on account of your experiments.6 You will have plenty of opportunities.
I must not let you suppose that there is any chance of my aiding you to a situation abroad; my health is so broken that I rarely see a soul, & all such applications would be made to Kew or Edinburgh or Dublin—7 I have mentioned your wish to Dr. Hooker; but rather suppose that he would feel bound to recommend anyone whom he had known at Kew.— I have only glanced at your scientific letter; but I see it contains much interesting to me.— Do not expect to interest many others equally; but rely firmly on it, that such experimental researches as yours will have a permanent value, & will be referred to years afterwards, when the endless flimsy papers of the present day are forgotten—
Yours faithfully. | C. Darwin
Has written to Hooker for his advice about the Darjeeling position. JS should not refuse the position on account of his experiments.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4183,” accessed on 7 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4183