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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. W. Thomson   10 October 1870

Down, Beckenham, Kent,

October 10th, 1870.

My dear Sir,—

I am very glad to hear that you are a candidate for the Chair of Natural History in the University of Edinburgh.1 You have my sincere good wishes for your success, for to the best of my judgment you have proved yourself well fitted for the post by what you have done in science, and by the course of your recent investigations.2

Should you succeed you will have an admirable opportunity for bringing forward and encouraging new recruits in science, and as I believe you will do your utmost, I cordially wish you success.—

I remain, my dear sir, yours very faithfully, | Charles Darwin.

To Professor Wyville Thomson.

Footnotes

See Correspondence vol. 18, letter from C. W. Thomson, 7 October 1870. A draft of this letter was published in Correspondence vol. 18 with the date [after 7 October 1870]. This version is from a pamphlet containing a copy of Thomson’s application for the post of professor of natural history at Edinburgh together with the testimonials that accompanied it (C. W. Thomson 1870).
Thomson participated in the voyages of HMS Lightning and HMS Porcupine; these gathered physical data and biological specimens from the sea floor (ODNB; see also Carpenter and Thomson 1868). For some of Thomson’s recent publications, see Correspondence vol. 18, letter from C. W. Thomson, 7 October 1870 and n. 2. Thomson was appointed to the position on 7 November 1870 (see Swinney 1999, p. 57).

Summary

Testimonial letter hoping that CWT will be successful in getting Chair of Natural History at Edinburgh.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7337
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Charles Wyville Thomson
Sent from
Down
Source of text
C. W. Thomson 1870, p. 10
Physical description
Printed testimonial & AdraftS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7337,” accessed on 14 November 2018, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7337

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 and 24 (Supplement)

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