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DCP-LETT-8025

To Henry Holland   [20 October 1871]1

My dear Sir H.

I beg you to grant me the favour to read over the enclosed long letter from Dr Hooker, the best & oldest friend I have in the world.2

I heard months ago how shamefully Mr Ayrton had been treating him, & now it seems that things have come to such a pass that Hooker will resign his place rather than remain under his command.3 This, considering what H. has done for science, wd be almost a disgrace to the country.

Your name & position must have great influence in the Deputation;4 so I beg you to consider this application, as favourably as your judgment will permit; & [because], I think [perfectly clear] that a gt scientific establishment ought not to be under the control of one man who may know nothing whatever of any branch of science—

I hope under all the circumstances that you will excuse me for drawing your attention to this subject,— as I can see that Dr H. is most anxious for your support.—

Footnotes

1
The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 October 1871, and the letter to J. D. Hooker, 20 [October 1871].
2
Joseph Dalton Hooker’s letter has not been found; see letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 October 1871 and n. 1.
3
The reference is to Acton Smee Ayrton. See letter from J. D. Hooker, [2 October 1871] and n. 10; see also letter from J. D. Hooker, 26 March 1871.
4
Holland was president of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and a relative of the Wedgwoods.

Summary

Seeks HH’s support for Hooker in JDH’s difficulties with A. S. Ayrton and the Ministry of Works [see Nature 6 (1872): 211–16].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8025
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Holland, Henry
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 96: 97
Physical description
Adraft 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8025,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8025

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