Not able to assist JP as he knows no schoolmaster in the area.
Cannot answer zoological question but thinks the two Serpulae are distinct.
Down | Bromley | Kent
Nor can I answer your Zoological question, but I sh
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
- f1 1786.f1The date range is inferred from the address, which CD used from September 1842, when the family moved to Down, to May 1846, when he began to use `Down, Farnborough, Kent'. In October 1855, the address was again changed to `Down, Bromley, Kent'. The reference to not yet knowing any schoolmaster near Down also suggests that the letter was written before 1850, when William Erasmus Darwin reached school age.
- f2 1786.f2Price had been a friend of CD and his brother Erasmus Alvey Darwin at Shrewsbury School and at Cambridge University. He was a private tutor in Chester.
- f3 1786.f3Serpula is a genus of sedentary polychaetes, commonly known as fanworms.