Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.
Thanks CD for Variation.
Delamere Rectory | Northwich | Cheshire
My dear Darwin
It gave me almost as much pleasure to see your Son 2
I did not at once write to congratulate you because I thought you would be burdened with letters, and now I have another cause for writing—viz to thank you for your kind present of your new Work, which I received on Friday last.
I have run it over with much satisfaction, and shall now proceed to ruminate it over at my leisure. It will be a great treat to me.
I have not written to you of late, because I feared to give you the trouble of a reply, which I thought would, in your health, be an annoyance.
I greatly rejoiced to hear from Erasmus, that you were much better than you had been. When next in Town, I shall write to ask if I can run down to you for a few hours. It would be a great pleasure to again see you.
I have not been very well of late. I fear I am threatened with
Angina from the pain I often have. I have consulted 2 Medicos, who
gave me exactly opposite advice, so am going upon my own plan,
till I can take a 3
We are all well— when quite at liberty I should much rejoice to hear of you and yours.
With kindest regards to M
Ever dear Darwin | Yours affect
- f1 5837.f1The year is established by the reference to George Howard Darwin's examination success (see n. 2, below).
- f2 5837.f2George Darwin had achieved second place in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge University in January (Cambridge University calendar); the position was known as `second wrangler'.
- f3 5837.f3Fox refers to Variation; his name appears on CD's presentation list for the book (see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV).
- f4 5837.f4Erasmus Alvey Darwin.