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To J. D. Hooker   23 May [1863]


May 23d

My dear Hooker

You can confer a real service on a good man, John Scott, the writer of the enclosed letter, by reading it & giving me your opinion.—1 I assure John Scott is a truly remarkable man.— The part struck out is merely that he is not comfortable under Mr. Macnab,2 & this part must be considered as private. Now question is what think of you of the offer? Is expence of living high at Darjeeling? I may say it is healthy?— Will he find opportunity for experimental observations which are a passion with him.? It seems to me rather low pay. Will you advise me for him?—3

I shall say that as far as experiments in hand at Bot. Garden in Edinburgh are concerned, it would be a pity to hesitate to accept the offer.—4 J. Scott is head of propagating department. I know you will not grudge aiding by your advice a good man.— I shall tell him that I have not slightest power to aid him in any way for appointment—

Yours affecly | C. Darwin

I shd. think voyage out & home ought to be paid for??


Letter from John Scott, 22 May 1863. CD was seeking advice on John Scott’s behalf about a situation Scott had been offered in Darjeeling, India. See also following letter.
James McNab was curator of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and Scott’s immediate superior.
Hooker had visited Darjeeling in April 1848 (J. D. Hooker 1854b, 1: 114–15). See also Correspondence vol. 4, letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 February – 16 [March] 1848.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Seeks advice for John Scott on job offer in India.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 115: 194
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4180,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11