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Letter 5806

Cresy, Edward, Jr to Darwin, C. R.

27 Jan 1868

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    Congratulations on George's being Second Wrangler at Cambridge.


Metropolitan Board of Works | Spring Gardens

27 Jany 68.

My dear Sir,

Although very busy I cannot refrain from giving myself the pleasure of congratulating you on George's success. I remember how pleased you said you should be to see him get a third or fourth place & therefore can imagine how you rejoiced that he got a second & in a year too when it really was the only place there was a chance for as I heard on every hand Moulton was certain—

Tell him when he comes down I hope he will be able now to come & see me. I suppose after such a grind as he has had he will for a short time rest on his laurels— Did you get any intimation before the time of his being backed for so good a place or was it quite unexpected?

You would be very much gratified if you heard on all hands the feeling of sympathy displayed by people like our Chairman for example & members of our Board, without a tincture of science, that so distinguished a man of science should have so distinguished a son— I can quite imagine how heartily his mother & sister rejoice with you on the occasion  pray congratulate them heartily on our behalf

Yours very truly | E Cresy

C Darwin Esq

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    George Howard Darwin was second in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
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    John Fletcher Moulton came first in the final examination for the mathematical tripos (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
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    George had previously sought career advice from Cresy (see Correspondence vol. 13, letter to Edward Cresy, 7 September [1865] and n. 2).
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    Cresy was architect to the fire brigade in the Metropolitan Board of Works; the chairman of the Board was John Thwaites (Post Office London directory 1868).
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    Cresy refers to Emma Darwin and probably to Henrietta Emma Darwin; George's other sister was Elizabeth Darwin.
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