RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1845. [Testimonial.] In Hooker, Joseph Dalton ed., Testimonials in favour of Joseph Dalton Hooker R.N., M.D., F.L.S. as a candidate for the vacant chair of botany in the University of Edinburgh. Second series [of four]. Edinburgh: Neil and Co., p. 25.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned by Angus Carroll, transcribed by John van Wyhe 9.2008. RN1

NOTE: The copy scanned is from the collection of Angus Carroll.

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XXXVII.—From CHARLES DARWIN, Esq., M.A., F.R.S. & G.S., late Naturalist to Captain Fitzroy's Voyage.

August 25. 1845.

DEAR SIR WILLIAM,—I have heard with much interest that your Son, Dr Hooker, is a Candidate for the Botanical Chair at Edinburgh. From my former attendance at that University, I am aware how important a post it is for the advancement of science, and I am therefore the more anxious for your Son's success, from my firm belief that no one will fulfil its duties with greater zeal or ability. Since his return from the famous Antarctic Expedition, I have had, as you are aware, much communication with him, with respect to the collections brought home by myself, and on other scientific subjects; and I cannot express too strongly my admiration at the accuracy of his varied knowledge, and at his powers of generalization. From Dr Hooker's disposition, no one, in my opinion, is more fitted to communicate to beginners a strong taste for those pursuits, to which he is himself so ardently devoted. For the sake of the advancement of Botany in all its branches, your Son has my warmest wishes for his success.

Believe me, dear Sir William, yours very faithfully,



Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.1

1 There were 153 testimonial letters printed for botanist and close friend of Darwin, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911). His application was unsuccessful. See images of the entire collection of testimonials in Hooker 1845. See Correspondence vol. 3, pp. 240-246.

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