Discusses income provided for sons at Cambridge.
Down, Bromley, Kent
My father allowed my brother and self at Cambridge £300 per annum. I should have allowed my son the same, but having five of them I told them that was too much, so I have given them £260; but my eldest son got a scholarship worth about £20, and I expect I shall have to allow George something extra; as it is, I pay for his private tutor, and when he stays beyond term time all additional expenses.
George enjoyed his visit with you, and I thank you cordially for your valuable advice.
My health steadily improves but only slowly.
Dear Cresy, | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4639.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edward Cresy, 18 October 1865.
- f2 4639.f2CD refers to his father, Robert Waring Darwin, and his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin. Robert Waring Darwin had also given CD £200 to settle his debts at the end of his final term (see Correspondence vol. 1, letter to W. D. Fox, [11 May 1831]).
- f3 4639.f3William Erasmus Darwin is listed as a scholar at Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1859 (Cambridge University calendar 1860, p. 311).
- f4 4639.f4CD's Classed account book (Down House MS) records, under the heading `Boys & William', payments to George of £140 on 10 October 1864, £65 on 1 January, 1 April, and 2 October 1865, and £18 on 24 October 1865; payments to `Routh private tutor' of £8 on 31 January 1865 and £16 on 3 July 1865 are also recorded. George's tutor was Edward John Routh, a highly successful mathematics coach at Cambridge (Alum. Cantab., DNB).
- f5 4639.f5See letter from Edward Cresy, 18 October 1865 and n. 4.
- f6 4639.f6See letter from Edward Cresy, 18 October 1865 and n. 5.