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From W. S. Dallas   7 November 1868


7 Nov. 1868.

My dear Sir,

The eventuality which I mentioned in my last letter to you has occurred,—Mr. Jenkins has obtained his appointment at the Agricultural Society, & I must therefore make a push for his vacant post.—1

I shall be very much obliged if you will furnish me with a Testimonial as to my fitness for the office, & also by your using any influence that you may be able to exert in my favour with the Members of the Council,—of course I mean without taking any great trouble in the matter, for I know both the state of your health & your multifarious occupations too well to ask you to do anything that might prove troublesome— Still the weight which your name carries with it will cause even a very slight expression of opinion on your part to have much effect, & I hope that you will kind enough to throw that weight into my scale if you should have an opportunity of doing so.—

I am about three parts through Fritz Müller, whose book, although easy to read is in many places unconscionably hard to translate.—2 I have never yet got through more than five pages of him in an evening, contrary to my usual experience in translating, which is that the amount got through at a sitting, rapidly increases after the first few pages—

I hope to finish him next week, although I am going to lecture on Darwinism with especial reference to your last book on Wednesday evening which will rather bother me.—

The election excitement is rather a nuisance too, although I keep out of it as much as I can.—3

Hoping to hear that you are well, | I remain | My dear Sir | Your’s always truly | W. S. Dallas

C. Darwin Esq F.R.S. | &c &c &c


Henry Michael Jenkins had held the post of assistant secretary, librarian, and curator at the Geological Society of London (see ‘List of officers’ Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London (1868); see also letter from W. S. Dallas, 12 October 1868).
Dallas was translating Müller’s book, Für Darwin (F. Müller 1864; W. S. Dallas trans. 1869).
Dallas refers to the general election held in November 1868.


The position at Geological Society is now vacant, and he is working for it in earnest. Asks CD for a testimonial.

Continues his work on Für Darwin.

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William Sweetland Dallas
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 162: 25
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6451,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16