How did CD handle his sons' expenses at Cambridge?
Metropolitan Board of Works | Spring Gardens
18 Oct '65.
My dear Sir,
Our chairman has been asking me what I thought would be a fair allowance to his son Harry at Cambridge to cover everything. He has hitherto paid college expenses, bills &c himself, but Harry tells me his father from his antecedents has not the remotest idea of what is really necessary or unnecessary and the Chairman says he would much rather let Harry make his own arrangements if he knew what would be a proper & reasonable sum to allow him— Carpmael tells me he pays the bills himself & gives his son what he wants— It has occurred to me that having had the experience of two at Cambridge you would be able to arrive at a very sound conclusion on this knotty point— & from what I have the pleasure of knowing of both of them, that neither would be extravagant or in any way likely to give a wrong result—
I was very glad to see George & hope he will look me up at Christmass.
I was very sorry to hear from him that your health was still so bad but hope you are
improving again— I must apologise for giving you so
much trouble but I know M
Yours very truly | E Cresy
Charles Darwin Esq.
- f1 4918.f1John Thwaites was the chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works (Post Office London directory 1865). His son, Henry John Bardwell Thwaites, matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1865 (Alum. Cantab.).
- f2 4918.f2William Carpmael was a civil engineer who worked with Cresy and whose son Ernest matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge, in October 1863 (see letter from Edward Cresy, 9 June 1865, n. 10).
- f3 4918.f3William Erasmus Darwin, CD's eldest son, received his BA degree from Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1862; George Howard Darwin matriculated at Trinity College in October 1864 (Alum. Cantab.).
- f4 4918.f4CD had asked Cresy whether he would advise George on his future career (see letter to Edward Cresy, 7 September  and n. 2). George had tried to visit Cresy in September 1865, but found that he was away on holiday (see letter from Edward Cresy, 10 September 1865).
- f5 4918.f5For more on CD's illness in 1865, see the letter to Asa Gray, 15 August  and n. 12, and Appendix IV.
- f6 4918.f6Cresy refers to Emma Darwin and Henrietta Emma Darwin.