From Alfred Newton 27 October 1865
Magdalene College, Cambridge.
27 Oct. 1865—
My dear Sir,
I venture to hope you will kindly excuse my troubling you with a request—
There seems every probability of a Professorship of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy being established in this University—in which case I intend to offer myself as a Candidate for the post—1 But since I took my degree I have been so much away—having for nine years held the Travelling Fellowship of this College2—that I am known personally to but very few of the resident Masters of Arts & others who form the Elective body—3 Many of my friends therefore think that my chance of success will be materially strengthened by testimonials from a few of the most eminent naturalists— I therefore take the liberty of asking whether you will do me the great favour of giving me a recommendation—
You yourself can testify in the most remarkable degree to the enormous advantages which travelling in distant and varied foreign countries confers upon a student of Zoology—and nearly all my voyages and journeys have been made with special Zoological objects—4 You also have honoured with your notice some few of the various contributions I have been able to make to scientific journals—5
I consequently hope you may be able to speak favourably of my qualifications for the important office to which I aspire—
I sincerely trust that whether from health or any other reason this letter may cause you no inconvenience to answer—and I remain | With very deep respect | Yours truly | Alfred Newton
Charles Darwin Esqre. F.R.S. | &c. &c. &c.
Asks CD to support his candidacy for Professorship of Zoology at Cambridge. Since he has spent many years travelling, he is not well enough known at the University.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4925,” accessed on 31 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4925