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From Albert Günther   19 June 1872

British Museum


My dear Sir

You will be glad to hear that I have been appointed Assistant Keeper last week;1 as I was spared the trial of a competition, the affair passed off very smoothly.

Fred. Smith is still unwell & away, although he writes me he hopes to be back next week. But whilst he is away, I have to look after so many things, that scientific work is neglected altogether.

Yours very sincerely | A Günther


At Günther’s request, CD had provided a testimonial in support of his application to become assistant keeper of the zoological department at the British Museum (letter from Albert Günther, 10 May 1872, and letter to Albert Günther, 11 May [1872]).


Has been appointed Assistant Keeper at the British Museum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Albrecht Carl Ludwig Gotthilf (Albert) Günther
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
British Museum
Source of text
DAR 165: 252
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8392,” accessed on 29 October 2020,

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