A cheque written out for FD has never been presented to CD's bankers.
My dear F.
On Jan. 29
What did you do with it? Did you send to Union Bank, or pay
it to some Tradesman? if in Cambridge, enquire about it, & let me
hear soon.— If you had lost it, you w
I hope the poor dear old ``Pelican on the House-top'' is
jolly,— I sh
Your affect. Father | C. Darwin
- f1 5769.f1The month is conjectured and the year established from entries in CD's Account books--banking account (Down House MS). See n. 2, below.
- f2 5769.f2In CD's Account books--banking account a payment of £14 10s. to Francis Darwin is noted on 29 January 1868; alongside entries at the end of June 1868 is a note reading, `14.10 Frank old cheque not ticked off'. CD evidently placed a tick on his record of each cheque payment when the cheque was presented to his bankers. The 29 January payment does have a tick beside it, so presumably the cheque was eventually accounted for; however, no reply to this letter has been found.
- f3 5769.f3CD had banked with the Union Bank of London since 1853 (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to John Higgins, 11 April ). Francis was an undergraduate at Cambridge University.
- f4 5769.f4Presumably a loose reference to Ps. 101: 6--7: `I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top', and to George Howard Darwin. George was a fellow at Cambridge University. No letter from George to his family from this time has been found.