From John Scott 20 January 1865
Jany. 20th. 1865.
I trust my letter of the 21st. December—the date of my arrival in Calcutta1—& also details of Experiments on Verbascum—registered on the 4th. Jany. have come duly to hand.2 I will be anxious to hear what you think of the latter; when you have got time to look it over. I hope that I have not made any such mistakes in my calculations as that which you have drawn my attention to in Primula paper.3 I do not know how it has escaped my notice— it was very stupid of me to have overlooked it. I will indeed be sorry to hear that you have been at much trouble with those which you have now so kindly taken in hand to correct for me.... . . I thank you most kindly for the high opinion you express with regard to my Primula paper. It of itself more than sufficiently repays me for all the time & labour spent in experimentation. I only hope that my Verbascums, may similarly interest you—for they also are the results of much time & labour.
I only received the copies of Primula paper, which you had so kindly forwarded. Those sent are quite sufficient to supply I think all whom I should like to present a copy to. Please accept my best thanks for the honour you have done me in sending copies of it to so many eminent authors.4 I have also to thank you for copy of Edin. Courant, showing me that Prof. Balfour has not entirely forgot me.5
—Truly indeed does he say that you have advanced my prospects in life—for without your kind & helping hand my future looked dark & ominous in the extreme. I only trust that I may now soon be in a position where I may repay to you the pecuniary portion of my debt—& also by assiduous application try to prove myself not entirely an unworthy recipient of your many kindnesses.6
I think I mentioned in a P.S. to letter of the 21st. that on making a passing call at Dr. Anderson’s on my way up to Calcutta, he immediately gave me a place in the Cinchona Department.7 He also told me that in accepting it, I did not not need to consider it as permanently settled that I should remain in it, for the present
Comments on his Primula paper [see 4213].
Describes his situation in Calcutta.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4751,” accessed on 23 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4751