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From George Bentham   [after 29 September 1868]1

My dear Darwin

Would you kindly put your name first to the enclosed as I do not know Mr Farrer2 personally.

yrs | G B


Oak Leigh | Sunninghill | Staines.

Sept. 29th 1868

My Dear Hooker

I send you herewith the form of Certificate of Recommendation required to be signed by three fellows on proposing any one to be a Member of the Linnean. Will you kindly sign it, and perhaps also Mr. Bentham, if he is with you, would sign it— Then send it to Darwin, who knows Farrer very well, and ask him tp be good enough to forward it to the Secretary or to Mr. Kippist—4

Farrer, I think will prove a very useful Member. The papers which he has lately written, sent by Darwin, who thinks so well of them that he has sent them for publication in the Magazine of Natural History—5 I enclose one of the proofs that you may see


The date is established by the date of the enclosure.
Thomas Henry Farrer.
The enclosed letter was sent to Joseph Dalton Hooker by Henry Cadogan Rothery, who resided at Oak Leigh, Sunninghill, Berkshire (Post Office directory of Northamptonshire, etc. 1864). Rothery was a friend of Farrer’s (see letter from T. H. Farrer, 17 September 1868), and a fellow of the Linnean Society (List of the Linnean Society of London, 1867).
Farrer was elected to the Linnean Society at the meeting of 21 January 1869; he was nominated by CD, Hooker, Rothery, Bentham, and Thomas Henry Huxley (Library of the Linnean Society). Frederick Currey was the botanical secretary of the Linnean Society, and Richard Kippist was the librarian (Gage and Stearn 1988).
Rothery refers to Farrer 1868 (‘On the manner of fertilization of the scarlet runner and blue lobelia’), which was published in the Annals and Magazine of Natural History; the paper had two sections (see letter from T. H. Farrer, 17 September 1868 and n. 4). There is an annotated copy of Farrer 1868 in CD’s collection of unbound journals in the Darwin Library–CUL.


Farrer, Thomas Henry. 1868. On the manner of fertilization of the scarlet runner and blue lobelia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4th ser. 2: 255–63.

List of the Linnean Society of London. London: [Linnean Society of London]. 1805–1939.


Asks CD to sign enclosed certificate first, as he does not know T. H. Farrer personally. [On top part of first two pages of a letter to Hooker from H. C. Rothery about Farrer’s nomination for Linnean Society]

Letter details

Letter no.
George Bentham
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 102: 237
Physical description
1p, encl AL 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6405,” accessed on 11 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16