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Letter 5962

Darwin, C. R. to Rouse, R. C. M.

[after 12 Mar 1868]

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    Discusses tuition arrangements for Horace Darwin.


My Dear Sir

Will you be so good as to inform me at what exact date, in about a fortnights time, it will suit you to receive my son Horace.— As you were so good as to say that you had heard from Dr Wrigley, I have not troubled you with his Quarterly characters, which as I have said, have all been as good as possible. As I previously mentioned, he is backward in Classics, but he tells me that he has been getting on better of late. I care about Classics only so far that he may pass his matriculation & afterwards his Little-Go— For mathematics he has a strong taste, & I suppose is fairly well advanced for his age of 17 years, considering, however, that he formerly lost 3 years from ill-health. As at present advised, & following my sons own wish, I intend that he shd try for the degree in the Sciences.— I beg leave to call your attention to a singular incapacity for spelling, & shd be much obliged, if you wd mark in all exercises his mistakes. He is anxious to improve & is ashamed of his ignorance. But the incapacity runs to a certain extent in our blood. I think that you will find my son anxious to please you in all ways, & I do not fear that he will be idle, but rather that he may work too hard.—

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    f1 5962.f1
    The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868.
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    f2 5962.f2
    According to Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242), Horace Darwin left home on 29 April 1868.
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    In his letter of 12 March 1868, Wrigley had indicated that he would write to Rouse that evening.
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    Little-go: `the popular name … for the first examination for the degree of B.A., officially called … ``The Previous Examination'' at Cambridge' (OED).
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    f5 5962.f5
    Horace had been ill for much of the period from 1862 to 1864 (see Correspondence vols. 10--12).
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