From W. S. Dallas 12 October 1868
Yorkshire Philosophical Society | York
12th. Oct. 1868.
My dear Sir
I have at last got my “Record” off my hands & will now resume Fritz Müller.—1 I should think he will be finished in a fortnight.— Shall I send the copy to you as it is finished, or to Mr. Murray?—2 I suppose if I mark the numbers of the woodcuts, the printers will be able to identify them,3—some of them are rather too complicated to be easily sketched upon the copy.—
I heard last week that Mr. Jenkins, the Assistant Secretary to the Geological Society is canvassing for the Secretaryship to the Agricultural Society & that he stands a good chance of success—4 Should he get the appointment, I intend making a strong push for his post at the Geological Society & my friends tell me that I should stand a very good chance.— I saw Huxley & one or two other members of the Council when I was in town last week,5 & they are very well-disposed towards me, but I wish to secure as many friends in the matter as I can & I therefore venture to write to you to ask you if you will use your influence in my behalf, & when the time for action comes give me a testimonial.—
I am but very slightly acquainted with Sir Charles Lyell, who is one of the Council, & I should think a word from you at the proper time would serve me with him.—
Believe me | My dear Sir | Your’s very truly | W. S. Dallas.
Chas Darwin Esq. F.R.S. | &c &c &c
Will finish translation of Für Darwin in a week.
Asks CD to use his influence to get him appointed Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society [London].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6417,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6417