Regrets and apologises for a misunderstanding regarding Horace's leaving Clapham School. Is sure he wrote an earlier letter which AW evidently did not receive.
4 Chester [Place]
My dear D
If the enclosed letter is the only one which I wrote, I am greatly to blame; but I certainly thought that I had written you a second letter either at the time or shortly before Horace returned to school at Christmas. I remember as distinctly as I can remember anything but my recollection may be faulty using the words ``after Easter'' ``with your permissions'', as I remember assuming from your letter that I h<ad> your permission.—
(If my memory has been fallacious I am of course indebted to you
for a Quarter's notice) With respect to the cause of Horace's
removal, I am perfectly satisfied with Clapham School & have very
often rejoiced that I had sent our sons there.— But I have always
been largely guided by my sons wishes & Horace for a considerable
time has wished for the quieter life of a Private Tutor & thinks that
I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very
- f1 6004.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 9 March 1868.
- f2 6004.f2See letter from Alfred Wrigley, 9 March 1868 and n. 1.
- f3 6004.f3George Howard Darwin, Francis Darwin, and Leonard Darwin had all been pupils at Clapham Grammar School. For more on the education of CD's sons, see J. R. Moore 1977.