From Frederic William Farrar 1 February 1
I am about to make a request, which I must preface by asking you to pardon it, if it should seem presumptious.
I have been told by a gentleman of influence & position in the Royal Society—that my two works on Language, together with my contributions to Ethnology, constitute a sufficient justification to my offering myself as a candidate for admission into the Royal Society.2 The first book—The Origin of Language—was the earliest work devoted to that subject since the beginning of this century, & every succeeding writer has noticed it with approval—including both Prof Pott of Berlin, & Mons. Ernest Renan.3 The latter book you have done me the honour to read & approve.4
It is indeed very late to offer myself as the election takes place early in March, but if I am not taking too great a liberty in asking if you would be one of those who would, from general knowledge, sign my certificate, I cannot help thinking that your name alone would go far to secure my election.5
Once more offering my apologies if, in writing thus, I trespass too far on your indulgence, I remain, dear Sir, | Very faithfully your’s, | Frederic W Farrar.
Is seeking election to the Royal Society.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4993,” accessed on 23 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4993