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To Edward Cresy   [15 July 1848]1

Down, Farnborough, Kent

Saturday night

My dear Sir

I enclose the Dean’s note to me;2 you will see that he does not believe that there is going to be any appointment. I do not know whether he mentioned this to you in conversation,—you do not refer to it in your note received this morning. I know Mr. Hutton3 and Sir Henry4 and could write to them, if you wish it and if you are sure that there is going to be appointed an Assist. Surveyorship. Neither Mr. Hutton, nor Sir Henry (certainly not the former) are likely to bring forward themselves anyone for the place, and I am doubtful whether the strong letter, which I have already written would not have its effects weakened by similar applications to other Members of the Board.— I think I have noticed that when a recommender shows too keen an interest in a candidate, his evidence is thought less of, as biassed by personal feelings. Think this over and ask your father’s opinion—if you still wish me to write to Mr. Hutton and Sir Henry, I will with pleasure do it; I should not, however, in that case write at such length. I hope the Dean’s notion of there being no place will turn out a mistake.

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

I do not think I shall have any Cirripedial drawings made till next summer.


The conjectured date is based on the assumption that CD would have written to Cresy as soon as he received the letter from William Buckland, 15 July [1848].
See letter from William Buckland, 15 July [1848]. William Buckland was Dean of Westminster at the time.
Robert Hutton, a member of the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers, who was serving with CD on the council of the Geological Society.
Henry Thomas De la Beche, also a member of the commission. For a full list of the officers, see Lewis 1952, p. 157 n. 1.


Lewis, Richard Albert. 1952. Edwin Chadwick and the public health movement, 1832– 1854. London: Longmans, Green.


Encloses note from William Buckland [1190], stating that no appointment of surveyor is to be made. Thinks further recommendation would be unwise, but will write to Sir Henry De la Beche and [Robert?] Hutton if EC wishes.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Cresy, Jr
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Source of text
DAR 143: 307
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1191,” accessed on 4 August 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4