Letter 39

(Fragment)

To REVELL PHILLIPS

Zurich Septr 14 1835

I HAVE been since the end of June here where I shall probably not become professor. Schoenlien proposed me as such to the medical faculty of the University and the latter unanimously seconded him. The board of education however objected to the nomination, inasmuch as a very reasonable regulation requires that every Professor of the University shall have either published some scientific work or officiated some where as teacher. This rule they are naturally disinclined to transgress and I to write, having nothing new to communicate or to have the trouble of lecturing, without a collection of specimens, [which] would be to no purpose and indeed impracticable.

[Gosse, 1894]