John Murray an Ernst Haeckel, Edinburgh, 30. Oktober 1895
32 Palmerston Place,
30. October 1895
My dear Haeckel
I am one of those who have been asked to select a curator for the South African museum from among a large number of candidates. Dr W. Haake sends in a testimonial from you. I do not know if he will have much chance of the appointment, but I would be obliged if you would let me have your puralé opinion || of Dr Haake. I donʼt wish so much to know about his scientific attainments as what you think of his character as a man. Is his health. appearance and physique such as to make him a suitable curator of a public Institution? He might have faults of temper or the like, which the electors can learn nothing || about from his testimonials. The matter will likely be settled so far as we are concerned next week. If you could send me a note addressed
The Savile Club
I might perhaps be able to do something for Dr Haake in case he be a really good man for the post. Anything you write to me I will || of course regard as confidential.
I hope you have very much improved by your stay at Baden-Baden and that you are now able take your usual exercise.
With the best remembrances from all my family to all yours
ever yours sincerely