To W. S. Dallas 11 November 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. [6 Queen Anne Street, London]
My dear Sir
I have much pleasure in expressing my opinion that you are excellently fitted for the post of Assistant Secretary to the Geological Society.2 I rest my opinion on your very extensive knowledge of all branches of natural history,— Your familiarity also with so many foreign languages & your intimate knowledge of German would be highly serviceable in editing our Journal & Transactions;3 but one of your highest claims rests, as it appears to me, on your power of writing vigorous & clear English, as everyone will admit, who has read your many papers in various scientific Journals, or your Translation of von Siebolds work on Parthenogenesis.—4
Your powers of work are well known to be unusually great, so as to have excited the surprise of some of our hardest working naturalists; & of this power the Zoological Record, so valuable to naturalists, offers the clearest proof.—5
The experience which you must have acquired during your charge of the Museum at York, will probably render the care of our large geological Museum not difficult to you.—6
Therefore I beg leave to repeat my wishes for your success & I remain, My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
To | W. S. Dallas Esqre.
A letter strongly recommending him for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Geological Society.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6457,” accessed on 26 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6457