Writes about their new billiard table.
My dear George
You must send this letter on to William. Christ College, Cambridge— The men started from London at 2 A.M. & arrived here this morning at breakfast time & by dinner time the Billiard Table was fixed up! It looks very very nice & smart, & seems very good. The little Boys have been incessantly knocking about the Balls, but do not succeed in doing much.— They find it far more difficult than they expected.
First, they fixed the 8 legs to a frame work like this;
Yours very affecty | C. Darwin
- f1 2420.f1Dated by an entry in CD's Account book on 24 February 1859 recording payment for a new billiard-table (see n. 2, below).
- f2 2420.f2CD ordered the table from Hopkins and Stephens, a firm of manufacturers in Covent Garden, London. It cost £53 18s. CD mistakenly recorded the suppliers' names as Hopkins and Evans in his Account book (Down House MS).
- f3 2420.f3Francis Darwin was 10 years old; Leonard Darwin was 9; Horace Darwin was 8.
- f4 2420.f4According to Francis Darwin, CD used the proceeds of the sale of the Wedgwood slate reliefs (see letter to Mr Burn?, 13 August ) and of his father's gold watch to buy the table (DAR 140: 75).