To Alexander Stuart Strahan 29 November 18701
I have been informed that an application is to be made to G. for a pension for Mr G. C.2 Althoug I am not personally acquainted with this gentleman, I have correspondence with him on scientific subjects during several years. On some very intricate points, he has been so kind as not only to collect at the cost of much trouble information from various source, but has likewise made valuable observations for me.—3 Therefore he has my sincere good wishes for his success.
I have confined myself to the above points relating to Science, and consider Literature beyond my Province.—
I beg leave to remain | Dear sir | Tr. yrs | C.D.
A recommendation for George Cupples who has applied for a government pension: "I have corresponded with him on scientific subjects during several years. On some very intricate points he has been so kind as not only to collect, at the cost of much trouble, information from various sources, but has likewise made for me valuable observations".