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Letter 4591

Reed, G. V. to Darwin, C. R.

15 Aug 1864

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    Horace Darwin making progress, but tires easily and does not like drudgery.


Hayes Rectory | S.E.

Augt. 15. 1864

My dear Sir.

I was rejoiced to see your handwriting again. I scarcely know how to reply to your letter but perhaps if I name 12 guineas, you will not deem it encroaching, for of course time is valuable.

I hope Horace is making progress, but his mind is so far advanced, that grounding which he requires, is sad drudgery to him, especially as his health is not very strong.

I am as pleased with his visits as he is, but on hot days he has occasionally been unequal to much exertion,—but I hope, as the weather gets cooler he will have greater energy.

With our mutual kind regards | I remain | Yours very <truly> | G V Reed

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    f1 4591.f1
    CD's letter to Reed has not been found.
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    f2 4591.f2
    Reed refers to an enquiry from CD concerning fees for tutoring CD's son, Horace Darwin. An entry in CD's Account book--cash account (Down House MS) for 16 August 1864 records a payment to Reed of £12 12s. for services between 19 April and 19 July.
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    f3 4591.f3
    Horace was ill during much of 1863 and 1864 (see Correspondence vol. 11 and this volume).
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