CD relays the advice of Sir W. R. Grove on the dismal prospects of a law career.
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I have just returned from Grove— He takes a dismal view
of things; says his own son & two sons-in-law get no business
tho' clever men but admits that all professions are bad. As
everyone says business depends on connection with attorneys &
these will sometimes not employ a junior rather than introduce
a new man. Yet he allowed that hard work & good fortune
together did pretty often bring forward a man (give him a good
position) He thought attending specially to science might
possibly help a young barrister, but he was very strong that
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Your affect Father | Ch. Darwin
World is better. Sothern tomorrow. Monday Pops most other days this week
- f1 6044.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. R. Grove, 23 March .
- f2 6044.f2CD had visited William Robert Grove (see letter to W. R. Grove, 23 March ).
- f3 6044.f3The reference is to Grove's eldest son, Florence Craufurd Grove, and to his son-in-law, William Edward Hall. Grove's other son-in-law has not been identified.
- f4 6044.f4George was elected a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1868 (see letter from Adam Sedgwick, 11 October 1868).
- f5 6044.f5Grove's scientific expertise had ensured that he was sought after for patent cases and he had been a member of a royal commission to inquire into the law of patents in 1864 (DNB). Grove was appointed judge to the Court of Common Pleas in 1871 and to the Queen's Bench in 1880 (ODNB).
- f6 6044.f6George entered Lincoln's Inn on 21 April 1868 and was called to the bar there on 30 April 1872 (Men-at-the-bar).
- f7 6044.f7CD refers to the comic actor Edward Askew Sothern. George might have seen him in a performance of Our American cousin in 1862 (see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to W. E. Darwin, 26 April  and n. 3).
- f8 6044.f8CD probably refers to popular concerts. Henrietta Emma Darwin also mentioned attending a `Mon. pop.' in a letter to George written around the same time (letter from H. E. Darwin to G. H. Darwin, [March 1868]; DAR 245: 281).