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Letter 5796

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, G. H.

24 Jan [1868]

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    Congratulations on GHD's brilliant tripos success.

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

Jan 24th.

My dear old fellow

I am so pleased. I congratulate you with all my heart & soul.— I always said from your early days that such energy, perseverance & talent as yours, would be sure to succeed; but I never expected such brilliant success as this.

Again & again I congratulate you. But you have made my hand tremble so I can hardly write. The Telegraph came here at eleven.— We have written to W. & Boys.—

God Bless you my dear old fellow— may your life so continue.—

Your affectionate Father | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 5796.f1
    The year is established by the reference to George Howard Darwin's examination (see n. 2, below).
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    f2 5796.f2
    George was second in the mathematical honours examination at Cambridge in 1868; the position was known as `second wrangler'. The results of the examination were published at the Senate House in Cambridge on 24 January 1868. (Cambridge University calendar 1868.)
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    f3 5796.f3
    CD refers to William Erasmus Darwin, who lived in Southampton, and to Horace and Leonard Darwin, who were at Clapham Grammar School.
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