skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. B. Sharpe   24 November [1874]1

My dear Sir,—

From the well-known value of your several contributions to ornithology, & for the extraordinary zeal, which you have for many years shown in the pursuit of natural science, I can not entertain the least doubt that you are well fitted to fill a higher post in the B. Museum, & that you will there do excellent service.—2

With my best wishes for your success | I am my dr S | Your vy faithfully | C. D

R. B. Sharpe— | Nov 24


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from R. B. Sharpe, 23 November 1874.
Sharpe had asked CD to support his application for promotion at the British Museum. See letter from R. B. Sharpe, 23 November 1874.


Testimonial stating CD’s opinion of RBS’s fitness for a higher post at the British Museum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Bowdler Sharpe
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 97: C66
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9731,” accessed on 5 April 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22