Writes to WED about his living arrangements at Christ's College; reminisces about his own Cambridge days.
My dear William.
You sent us a fine long letter, & we were uncommonly glad to hear that you were established. You had a precious hard day's work the first.— You are over the rooms which my cousin W. D. Fox had & in which I have spent many a pleasant hour.— I was in old court, middle stair-case, on right-hand on going into court, up one flight, right-hand door & capital rooms they were. If you find you do not like your rooms you could change another year.
I shall go up to London for a day on Tuesday & will then consult my Bankers
about your affairs.— Did you pay for furniture; if not, ask whether the
Cambridge tradesmen object to cheques on London Bankers: I
I am very glad that you like King's— it used to be a great pleasure to me.— You have to see the beautiful pictures in the Fitzwilliam. The backs of the Colleges (N.B not colledges as some people spell it) are indeed beautiful; I do not think there is anything in Oxford to equal them.—
Remember to let me know in good time before you run short of money & do, I earnestly beg you, keep accounts carefully, & which, as far as I am concerned, shall be quite private.—
Etty is at Leith Hill but comes home next week. On the
Good Bye | My dear old man | Yours affect | C. Darwin
You were very wise to join the Union, I think.—
If you can think of anything it is a very nice scheme giving
- f1 2341.f1Dated by CD's reference to Henrietta Emma Darwin (see n. 8, below) and by Emily Catherine Darwin's proposed visit to Down (see n. 10, below).
- f2 2341.f2William had taken up residence at Christ's College, Cambridge.
- f3 2341.f3CD and his cousin William Darwin Fox had been fellow undergraduates at Christ's College, Cambridge. See Correspondence vol. 1.
- f4 2341.f4Impey had been CD's college servant at Christ's College (see Correspondence vol. 1).
- f5 2341.f5King's College, Cambridge. CD probably refers particularly to King's College Chapel, which he frequently visited during his undergraduate years to hear the choral performances.
- f6 2341.f6The Fitzwilliam Museum was established in 1816 through a bequest of Richard Fitzwilliam. During the time of CD's residence in Cambridge, the collection was housed in the old Free School in Free School Lane. The present museum building was completed in 1846. See Willis and Clark 1886, 3: 198–229.
- f7 2341.f7William's bills and accounts from his time as an undergraduate at Christ's College, Cambridge, 1858–60, are in DAR 210.24.
- f8 2341.f8Henrietta Darwin returned to Down from Leith Hill Place, the home of Caroline Sarah Wedgwood and Josiah Wedgwood III, on 20 October 1858 (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f9 2341.f9CD went to Moor Park hydropathic establishment on 25 October and returned to Down on 1 November 1858 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
- f10 2341.f10Emily Catherine Darwin, CD's younger sister, stayed at Down from 18 October to 2 November 1858 (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f11 2341.f11Probably the family of George Warde Norman who lived at the Rookery, Bromley Common, near Down (Freeman 1978, p. 216). In a letter written shortly before this one, Emma Darwin told William: ‘Yesterday Miss Norman & Fred. called bringing a note of invite to dinner or luncheon which I accepted for the latter & I mean to take Lizzy as little Mary is at home. Papa admires Miss N. very much, which I do not she smiles too constantly & a smile is never a sweet one that is constant’ (DAR 210.6).
- f12 2341.f12The Union Society is the Cambridge University debating society. William had formerly beena member of the Rugby School debating society (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to W. E. Darwin,[17 February 1857]).
- f13 2341.f13Mrs Wilson was the wife of William Greive Wilson, with whom William had lodged while he was being tutored for admission to Cambridge University. According to CD's Account book (Down House MS), CD made a payment of £30 on 13 October 1858 to ‘Wilson for William’.