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Letter 4945

Darwin, C. R. to Burn, Robert

2 Dec [1865]

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    Enters Francis Darwin at Trinity College, Cambridge. Encloses certificate from Alfred Wrigley and £20 entrance and caution money. Wants Francis to have rooms in College.

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Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec 2.

Dear Sir

I should be much obliged if you would enter my son Francis Darwin at Trinity for next October. I enclose his master the Rev. Dr Wrigley's certificate & a cheque for entrance & caution money for £20.

If it is possible I shd much wish my son to have rooms in college & shd therefore be very much obliged if you wd put his name down for the first chance.

I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles R. Darwin

To Revd. R. Burn

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    f1 4945.f1
    The year is established by Francis Darwin's matriculation at Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1866 (Alum. Cantab.).
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    f2 4945.f2
    Alfred Wrigley was headmaster of Clapham Grammar School. Francis Darwin attended the school from the summer of 1860 to the summer of 1866 (CD's Classed account book (Down House MS)).
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    f3 4945.f3
    Caution money: `money deposited as a security for good conduct, [especially] by a student on entering a college' (OED). A payment to Burn of £20 for `entrance for Trinity' is recorded in CD's Account book--cash account (Down House MS) on 2 December 1865.
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