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Record number: WCP5304

Sent by:
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent to:
Joseph Dalton Hooker
17 December 1879

Sent by Charles Robert Darwin, Down House, Beckenham, Kent, S.E. to Joseph Dalton Hooker [none given] on 17 December 1879.

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17 May 2013 by Chillingworth, Nancy


About Miss Buckley's concerns for Wallace's ill-health and his desire to obtain regular partially outdoor work, or indoor work that can be partially done from home. Darwin suggests to Hooker that they might advocate for Wallace to receive a government pension given Wallace's scientific achievements.

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LETTER (WCP5304.5848)

A typical letter handwritten by amanuensis in English and signed by author.

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Cambridge University Library
Finding number:
MS DAR 95: 491-3
Copyright owner:
©William H. Darwin

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Dec[ember] 17/ [18]79

My dear Hooker,

I have had a letter marked private from Mis Buckley on the following subject, but please observe that she whishes her name not to be mentioned. She says that Wallace "is not strong & that literary work "tires him very much, & the "uncertainty of it is a great "anxiety to him". She adds that [[2]] she knows "that he pecuriaerily pecuriarily it is of importance to him to get a regular salary". He lately wrote to her " I want some regular "work either partially out-door "or if indoor then not more than "5 or 6 hours a day, & capable of "being partially done at home. This "I see no probability, hardly a "possibility of getting at my age" [[3]]

Miss. Buckley asked me to consult you Lubbuck, & others whether anything can be done for him. I can see no possibility of obtaining any scientific work for him. With a small regular salary; but it has occurred to me that it might be just possible to get him one of the government pensions. You can judge infinitely better than I can on this head; [[4]] and will you be so kind as to let me hear what you think. Of the presidents of the several leading scientific societies & some dozen other eminent scientific men were wiling to sign a memorial stating his claims, government would perhaps listen to it; especially if any influential men like yourself could say a word in his favour. It seems to me that a fairly strong claim might be made out – his travels in S[outh]. America & the Malay archipelago for [[5]] scientific purposes his large share in the decent theory, -- his grand work on geographical distinction, -- essays on protection &c. If you think at all favourably of the scheme, will you talk it over with any other leading men such as Huxley or Spottiswoode as soon as you meet them. I am in very bad position for doing much, but [[6]] should feel bound to undertake all the labor, if the plan is considered feasible by you and a few others. I hope & think that the cause justifies me in telling you about it.

My dear Hooker l ever yours sincerely | Charles Darwin [signature]

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