Invites EC to visit. Wants to discuss education of his sons.
Daughter [Henrietta] has been very ill for 15 weeks.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
Thank you for your note.— My object in calling on you was
chiefly selfish; for it was to ask a little advice on education of one of my
Boys,—on which subject I remembered to have heard you once talk as if you had
thought over the subject.— I want to propose to
I hope that you will adopt my plan, instead of walking here & believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 2899.f1The year is given by an entry in Emma Darwin's diary (see n. 3, below).
- f2 2899.f2CD may have wanted to discuss the future education of Leonard Darwin, aged ten, whom he considered `rather slow & backward (in part owing to loss of time from ill-health)' (letter to G. V. Reed, 15 September ). He intended to send Leonard to George Varenne Reed for tutoring before entering school. Francis Darwin, who had been tutored by Reed, entered Clapham Grammar School, London, in the summer of 1860. See J. R. Moore 1977.
- f3 2899.f3Emma Darwin's diary records that Edward Cresy and his wife arrived at Down on 18 September 1860. According to CD's Address book (Down House MS), the Cresys lived in Horton Kirby, near Farningham, Kent, about nine miles from Down.