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To G. R. Waterhouse   [November 1843]

Down, near Bromley | Kent


My dear Waterhouse

I am indeed delighted at your news & most heartily congratulate you on your appointment having come so quickly & so satisfactorily—1

I can only look at it as a step to future promotion; & may my prediction come true. Poor as the place at present is, after what you have gone through at the Zoological Society, the certainty of it must be a great comfort— I should think Kœnig2 was an odd fish, but I fancy from all I have heard, that he is a well meaning man.—

I suppose you will begin working like a Trojan at fossil Osteology—

With our united congratulations & kind wishes to Mrs. Waterhouse | believe me | Most truly Your’s | C. Darwin


Waterhouse was appointed assistant in the Mineralogical Department of the British Museum in November 1843 (DNB).
Charles Dietrich Eberhard König was in charge of the Mineralogical Department of the British Museum. Waterhouse worked mainly on fossil Mammalia.


DNB: Dictionary of national biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee. 63 vols. and 2 supplements (6 vols.). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1912. Dictionary of national biography 1912–90. Edited by H. W. C. Davis et al. 9 vols. London: Oxford University Press. 1927–96.


Congratulates GRW on appointment to position at British Museum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Robert Waterhouse
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Source of text
Natural History Museum, Library and Archives (General Library MSS WAT)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 710,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2