April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO MARGARET WELSH; 31 March 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490331-TC-MW-01; CL 23: 264


[31 March 1849]

I have not been quite idle in regard to the business of your young Astronomer, [though there was little hope of a post in England,] places are in frightful request. [Darwin's letter held out possibilities of astronomical posts at Madras and the Cape, whatever] your young Philosopher [might think of these]. … I have remarked too that real merit does in the end succeed; and that on the whole there is nothing else which really succeeds (however much money &c. it may contrive to clutch); but it must prepare itself for a sad wrestle at the entrance, in most cases.