To G. W. Child 6 May 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
As I am not a professed botanist I do not feel myself entitled to give a testimonial in regard to your fitness for occupying the Botanical chair at Oxford.2 But I have pleasure in saying that your Essays have given me a favourable idea of your capacity & of your love for science.3
Your experimental researches on the Production of Organisms in closed vessels, published by the Royal Society, seem to have been performed with much care, & are in my opinion valuable, whatever result may be finally arrived at in this difficult question.4
Believe me dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
To Dr G. W. Child
Cannot judge GWC’s fitness for the Botanical Chair at Oxford. But CD appreciates his work, particularly that on spontaneous generation [Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 13 (1863–4): 313; 14 (1865): 178].