George is not so low at school as CD anticipated. He keeps at the top of his class, thanks to GVR's labours.
My dear Sir
As you met George at the Crystal Palace, you know that he has been at home with us for a couple of days. I have been ascertaining how he gets on & I find that he is not nearly so low in the school as I anticipated. & I find that in all those parts of his lessons, which shows that he has been well grounded he keeps at the top of his Class, & as I owe this to your kind labours, I cannot resist the great pleasure of again returning to you my cordial thanks
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely & obliged | Ch. Darwin
Pray do not trouble yourself to acknowledge this note.—
- f1 2139.f1The year of the letter is established by an entry in Emma Darwin's diary for 5 September 1856 that reads: ‘G. came from school the boys meet him at the Crystal Palace’.
- f2 2139.f2George Howard Darwin came home on 5 September and returned to Clapham Grammar School on 8 September (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f3 2139.f3George Varenne Reed had been George Darwin's tutor before he entered Clapham School. CD later sent Francis, Leonard, and Horace to Reed (see J. R. Moore 1977).