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Letter 6006

Wrigley, Alfred to Darwin, C. R.

12 Mar 1868

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    Had hoped that the intention of removing Horace from school had been abandoned and regrets that it has not.


Grammar School, | Clapham, S.

March 12 | 1868

My dear Sir

The letter sent to you in my last, was the most recent of those I had the pleasure of receiving from you. I was under the impression that the intention of removing Horace was in abeyance—and that it would be abandoned or deferred. In struggling against certain educational defects, I refer especially to writing, spelling<,> style &c, &c, I may occasionally have hurt his feelings. In other respects, he has ever shewn himself gentle and docile—with good intelligence but lacking activity. This I attribute to his taking but little exercise.

The intimations made at Christmas respecting Horace, although I hoped that subsequent events might prevent their being carried out, were quite sufficient `notice'; and this view entirely precluded from my mind any other.

I shall part from Horace with much regret, and with my best wishes for his future success in life.

The enquiries of Mr Rouse I will answer this evening.

I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Alfred Wrigley

Charles Darwin Esqre.

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    f1 6006.f1
    See letter to Alfred Wrigley, 11 March [1868] and n. 2.
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    f2 6006.f2
    In his letter of 11 March [1868], CD had worried that he had not given sufficient notice of Horace Darwin's removal from Clapham Grammar School.
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    f3 6006.f3
    Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse had written to Wrigley for a character reference for Horace (see letter from Alfred Wrigley, 9 March 1868).
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