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Letter 6289

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, Horace

26 [July 1868]

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    Writes to express his pleasure at Leonard's success [second in the Woolwich Academy entrance examination].


Dumbola Lodge | Freshwater | Isle of Wight


My dear Horace

We do not know Leonards address & I must write to some one else I shall burst with pleasure at Leonards success.— We saw the news yesterday & no doubt you will have seen it.— Is it not splendid? Who would ever have thought that poor dear old Lenny wd. have got so magnificent a place. I shall be curious to hear how many tried. Everything is grand; what a difference between the highest & lowest number! By Jove how well his perseverance & energy has been rewarded.

This is a very dull place, but we like it much better than we did at first. Erasmus & the Hensleighs are here for a few days & we went yesterday evening to Alum Bay, which is vy grand.

Perhaps the Leith Hill folk are coming to the Hotel here.—

What a bad job it is that Ruck has not got in.— I wish you were coming sooner.

My vy dear old man | Your affect. Father | C. Darwin

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    The month and year are established by the address of the letter: the Darwins were at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight from 17 July to 20 August 1868 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).
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    Leonard Darwin had come second in the entrance examination for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Emma Darwin (1904), 2: 221). It is not known where the Darwins saw the news.
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    The reference is to Erasmus Alvey Darwin, Hensleigh Wedgwood and Frances Emma Elizabeth Wedgwood, and possibly some of Hensleigh and Frances's children.
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    Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight is famous for the Needles (chalk stacks) and for its coloured sands.
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    Leith Hill Place was the home of Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline Sarah Wedgwood.
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    CD probably refers to Richard Matthews Ruck, who entered Woolwich in February 1869 (Register of gentleman cadets, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, held in the archives of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst).
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