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From John Scott to J. D. Hooker   31 October 1872

Roy. Bot. Gardens

31st. Oct. 1872

Dear Sir,

I thank you much for your kind letter of the 8th. ult. It has always been my wish to refund the sum Mr. Darwin so kindly gave me to enable me to come to India. He indeed very kindly told me that he wished me to regard it as a gift. I could not think of doing this, and I only hope I may soon be able to remit the full amount to you.

I really know not what to say in reply to your suggestions regarding the disposal of the money seeing that Mr. Darwin would have you dispose of it again all and wholly to my advantage and that in a way which had my means afforded I should have very heartily been at the necessary expense. As it is these I have had to forgo and now as Mr. Darwin and yourself will it I can only say that I should feel very gratefully indebted by your proposing me as a fellow of the Linn. Socty. For the rest I should indeed be very pleased to hear that some other should similarly share with me Mr. Darwins bounty. You have no doubt those under you who need such gifts more than I now do and who are more worthy of such. I make this suggestion because you have asked me in Mr. Darwins name to mention any other modes in which I would wish the amount disposed in the interests of Science. I shall indeed be very glad to hear that Mr. Darwin will assent to this.

In the meantime I can but ill express my deep sense of gratefulness to Mr. Darwin and yourself.

I am | Dear Sir | Yours truly| John Scott


Hopes soon to be able to fully repay CD’s expenses for his employment in India.

Grateful to CD and JDH for offering to propose him for membership of the Linnean Society.

Suggests that CD and JDH use his repayment to help others in similar siuations to himself.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Scott
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Royal Botanic Gardens, Calcutta, India
Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, DC 156 folio 1087
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8597F,” accessed on 21 November 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20