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
- f1 5806.f1George Howard Darwin was second in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
- f2 5806.f2John Fletcher Moulton came first in the final examination for the mathematical tripos (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
- f3 5806.f3George had previously sought career advice from Cresy (see Correspondence vol. 13, letter to Edward Cresy, 7 September  and n. 2).
- f4 5806.f4Cresy 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).
- f5 5806.f5Cresy refers to Emma Darwin and probably to Henrietta Emma Darwin; George's other sister was Elizabeth Darwin.