Wants to know why Horace has been removed from school without any notification.
Grammar School, | Clapham. S.
March 9 | 1868
My dear Sir
The last letter received from you respecting Horace, I beg to
enclose— After its date, came the signal successes of Leonard
and George. As I received no further intimation respecting Horace,
and could discover no ground of dissatisfaction, I assumed, not
unreasonably I submit, that your fourth son would continue at the
school where his three elder brothers had succeeded so well. On
It is from no idle curiosity that I desire to learn the cause of Horace's removal. On the one hand I have personally—both as Tutor and Master—rendered him all assistance practicable— on the other hand—he is removed at a season when his brothers have acquired high distinction; and when such removal, without cause assigned, neutralises any advantage that might accrue, and unexplained is a censure. I cannot for a moment suppose that this result is intended—but the prejudicial effect is far beyond the loss of one pupil.
I shall be much obliged by your returning the enclosed letter, which
I send for the purpose of shewing that the question was, so far as I
knew, under consideration—and that it was my duty to write to M
Believe me My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Alfred Wrigley
Cha<r>les Darwin Esq
- f1 5999.f1Which letter Wrigley sent is not clear; CD mentioned removing Horace Darwin from Clapham Grammar School in a letter to Wrigley of [September 1867] (Correspondence vol. 15).
- f2 5999.f2Wrigley refers to Leonard Darwin's success in an entrance examination for the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and to George Howard Darwin's becoming second wrangler at Cambridge (see letter from Alfred Wrigley, 2 January 1868, and letter to G. H. Darwin, 24 January  and n. 2).
- f3 5999.f3The third brother who had attended Clapham Grammar School was Francis Darwin.
- f4 5999.f4Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse had written to Wrigley to ask for a character reference for Horace (letter to Alfred Wrigley, 7 March ). CD planned to employ Rouse as a private tutor for Horace.