To Julius von Haast 5 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Dr. Haast
I have just received the list of candidate proposed by Council of Royal Soc. & I am heartily sorry that your name is not there; but you are certain to be elected another year.—2
I write now to say that I regret extremely, that though I wrote especially on the subject, your proposal paper was never sent for my signature & when I enquired it was too late as the paper was already suspended. But I hope to be in London this summer, health permitting, & will then attach my name;3 but in truth such attached names do not much signify, as the Council judges by what is said by those present, & this year the Council is extraordinarily deficient in members who have attended to Natural History & Geology.—4
With every good wish, believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Regrets that JvH is not on list of candidates for Royal Society. This year the Council of Royal Society is extraordinarily deficient in natural historians and geologists. Thinks JvH is sure to be elected another year.